Maki Yamazaki is not only an artist and games developer, but she also runs her own music studio and plays a number of instruments – with bass guitar as her main (but she’ll play anything she can get her hands on). In this short, we meet Maki’s friends and ‘queer family’, Jess and Jay, for pizza, and discover her first steps out in early transition.
“A lot of people ask me what it’s like being in a wheelchair or treat me with pity as if I have a difficult time, and it’s actually quite the opposite. Being in a wheelchair enables me to do so, so much.”
The film is part of the Patchwork Stories series that looks at the lives of transgender people of all ages and backgrounds around the UK. The series was commissioned by All About Trans and produced by Lucky Tooth Films in collaboration with Channel 4.
Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox of Lucky Tooth have been making films together since meeting on the Channel 4 series My Transsexual Summer in 2011. To hear them talking about the making of the Patchwork series and see clips, click here.
Other films in the series introduce models, soldiers, artists, musicians, activists and psychics, who just happen to be trans – as well as their friends, partners and families.
In 2015, Channel 4 host a selection of the short films on ‘Shorts’, available to watch on All4 at www.all4.com. Shorts are Channel 4’s original short form videos on 4oD.