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28/10/2010: INTERSEX ADVENTURE WINS ATOM AWARD

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure has won the Best Documentary (General) award at the ATOM Awards in Melbourne, held last Friday.

Produced and directed by Queensland-based filmmaker Phoebe Hart, the autobiographical documentary candidly examines the shame and secrecy surrounding her intersex condition (also known as a ‘hermaphrodite’ or a disorder of sexual development).

“The film is a world first in many ways,” says Hart. “This is a long form film about intersex by someone who has intersex. It’s personal and confronting but, at the same time, a very funny expose of what it’s like to have this body. I’d like to acknowledge the other finalists, the ATOM Awards jury, my ABC Executive Producer Amanda Duthie, Creative Consultant for Screen Australia Karin Altmann, the team at Screen Queensland, and everyone else involved.”

Consultant producer Faramarz K-Rhaber was at the awards ceremony to accept the honour on the behalf of Hart.

“I felt proud to be involved with this very brave film and its production team,” says K-Rhaber. “I’m sure we will all be hearing much more about Orchids soon as it is just about to get out to other film festivals and broadcasters around the world.”

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