‘First Day’ staring transgender actress and activist Evie Macdonald as 12-year-old Hannah Bradford explores the trials, tribulations, and victories of living authentically by a young woman who personally lived it.
This groundbreaking series, the story of a young woman’s first year in high school is the first scripted television series in Australia to star a transgender actor in the lead role.
‘First Day is a four-part series which Starts on Monday 30 March at 4.30 pm on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s ABC ME + iview and the ABC ME APP
You can watch shows in the app via a Wifi or 3G/4G connection. Sadly due to rights restrictions, ABC ME is geo-blocked to Australia.
Maybe, someday the rest of the world will be able to see First Day in full. In the meantime, these interviews with the amazing Evie Macdonald, an update from writer, director, and producer Julie Kalceff and the trailer will have to suffice.
In an interview with Star Observer, Evie McDonald discussed just how important visibility projects such as First Day are in changing social perceptions about what it’s like to be transgender.
“I want to help make it easier for other people to come out as trans in the future. Being transgender is not a choice – and we’ve been around forever,” McDonald told Star Observer.
When McDonald came out and transitioned in primary school, positive media around trans people was very difficult to come by. McDonald hopes that First Day will help show people that trans people are just like everyone else.
“I like donuts, I like mermaids and playing with my friends. I’m human just like everyone else,” she says.
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The series also features Isabel Burmester (The Hunting), Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues), Elena Liu (Girls Change the World) and Jo Hunt (Here Come the Habibs).
First Day is written and directed by award-winning writer Julie Kalceff, whose biography states that she specializes in telling character-driven, female-centric stories that appeal to a wide audience. She is passionate about authentic representation and inclusion, both on-screen and behind the camera. Her aim is to tell stories that empower underrepresented audiences and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Julie’s work explores themes such as identity, belonging, community, self-discovery, hope, and resilience in the face of adversity.