School of Arts and Media 22.04.20

Student film documenting gender transition is nominated for Best Documentary

Ben Hodge, a second year Media & Performance student at the University of Salford, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the Into Film Awards.

Ben Hodge

At the time of releasing his video, Ben had hit his one-year milestone being on testosterone, an important landmark moment in Ben’s life. He said: “The film is basically a letter to my 14-year-old self telling him that things will get better.”

“I didn’t think I would make it to my 16th birthday because I thought I wouldn’t be able to live my life authentically and be at peace with myself,” he added.

When talking about being nominated for Best Documentary Ben said: “Being nominated at the Into Film Awards was an honour and I'm so pleased that my film and its message have been recognised by such a large and respected organisation. It's such a great achievement and I'm so glad that my film has had an impact on people."

Being here at Salford, I feel like I've really discovered more about myself with amazing support from fellow students and staff. I could not be more thankful for everyone at the University for everything they have done for me. I've never had a dull day here and I feel like these past 2 years alone have gone by quicker than I would like them to. I adore the University and I am so thankful for everything it has given me so far. I cannot explain how much I love it here!

 To find out more about the Into Film Awards click here.

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