Approach/Withdraw is a ten-minute, 16mm film narrated by Rebecca Root, which explores how public understandings of oestrogen and sex hormones affect the sense of self and relationships of those who feel at odds with their assigned gender.
The majority of the material featured either relate to the production of pharmaceutical oestrogen (the contraceptive pill, or hormones used by trans women) or contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals - substances that behave like oestrogen when they are absorbed into the body. They are common in plastics, fabric dyes and soy products. The film also incorporates Christian imagery, 19th century phrenological head casts and photographs taken by 20th century sexologists, to illustrate ways in which contemporary identities bear the marks of religious and scientific precepts.
Written, shot and directed by Ker Wallwork and Juliet Jacques for the no.w.here, BFI and Kings College 'Queering Love Queering Hormones' project, with support from the Wellcome Trust.
Available to view with subtitles in English, Italian and Spanish. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in seeing these versions.