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20 years later The matrix was released and changed the landscape of filmmaking forever, The writer and director Lilly Wachowski has finally confirmed a longstanding fan theory. namely that the phenomenally successful science fiction film was partly conceived as an allegory for the trans experience.
In a recent video interview with Netflix, Wachowski (who appears in) Disclosure, In the documentation of the streaming platform about the representation on the screen, the way in which the trilogy was interpreted by the fans was discussed.
“I’m glad people are talking about that matrix Films with a trans narrative, “she said.” I love how important these films are to trans people and how they come up to me and say, “These films saved my life.” Because when you talk about transformation, especially in the world of science fiction, which is all about imagination and world-building and the idea that the seemingly impossible becomes impossible, that’s how it appeals to you. I am grateful that I threw them a rope to help them on their journey. “
The matrix follows Neo (Keanu Reeves), a young hacker who discovers that his whole life is a simulation overseen by artificially intelligent tyrants, and joins Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) in the fight for liberation of humanity. None of the Wachowskis were transgendered when they wrote the film and its sequels, but the idea of a world where a person can bend reality to be what and who they want can be pretty easily understood as an LGBTQ + metaphor to be read.
“”The matrix It was all about the desire for transformation, but it came from a closed perspective, “said Wachowski.” I don’t know how present my impermanence was in the background of my brain as we were writing it, but it all came from the same fire. “
Wachowski added that the trans narrative started out much more obviously in the script. “So we had the character on Switch, who was the character that was going to be a man in the real world, and then a woman in the Matrix, there were our two headspaces.” In the version of the film that was shot, however, Switch was played by Belinda McClory and portrayed as a cisgender woman in both realities – presumably due to a setback from the studio.
“I’m glad it turned out to be the original intention,” said Wachowski. “The corporate world wasn’t quite ready for this.” (Whether the trans subtext of the original films will come to the fore in the forthcoming fourth matrix Film remains to be seen.)
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The Wachowskis wrote much more openly about trans and queer identities in their Netflix series Sense8who told the story of a diverse “group” of telepaths, including a trans woman and a withdrawn gay man. How matrix Films, Sense8 mixed elements from science fiction, action and romance and explored topics such as marginalization, resistance and radical empathy.
“I think in our impermanence and weirdness we have always tried to integrate as many things as possible and visualize them in a much larger infinite frame of imagination,” said Wachowski.
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