6 October 2014

Helping people through art: Octavian from London and his dog Carlo

This time we introduce Octavian Starr, a social housing officer and trans man from London, and his dog Carlo. Octavian discusses being 13 years into transition, his love of classic braces, big beards and old-style aesthetics, and how art pulled him out of hopelessness. “I think art has always helped me get out of any hopeless state I’m in,” he says, “and I feel that if I can use my art to help someone get out of a hopeless state, even for an hour, then I want to do that.”

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.

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