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Bear's Den 'The Star Of Bethnal Green' by Jake Graf

Rob Ulitski - 16th Dec 2019

Award-winning trans director, actor and activist Jake Graf puts a unique spin on Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Past in the video for The Star of Bethnal Green. 

Using the video as an opportunity to highlight the current pandemic of violence against trans people around the world, Graf weaves an emotional narrative depicting someone at Christmas watching a singer in a bar and feeling completely overwhelmed by both the performer and the performance, as if their entire life, identity, and purpose is revealed to them with each note of the song.

Affecting and poignant, the video is an important step forwards for trans visibility in mainstream media, and an inspired visual representation of the themes in the track. 


“As a trans man who grew up without any positive representations to aspire to, I know how important it is that we start seeing more trans visibility in the mainstream media. We have seen more and more allies to the community standing up and being counted but as our tiny trans community continues to be attacked and vilified we truly need all the support that we can get. In the last few years, trans murders have hit an all time high, with trans women in particular being targeted.

"This film combines the magic of Christmas with the powerful and hopeful story of an older trans woman being guided towards living as her authentic self. Older LGBTQ people are so often overlooked in cinema and the media that it felt like an important choice to depict such a rarely seen character."


“After meeting Jake and his amazing wife Hannah after our show last year we watched some of his work and were overwhelmed by how gifted he was and at how well he articulated the journey of a young transgender woman particularly in his film “Listen”. We’d talked to him at the time about how it would be great to find something to collaborate on, and were delighted when we approached him to make this video and he said yes!”


“It was an honour working on this project with Jake and the amazing cast and crew. It's fair to say that it has been a life changing moment in many ways, and feels truly humbling to create something that might positively change people's perceptions of what it means to be transgender."


“This story is personal to me as a transgender woman experiencing the fear of coming out, being mocked and discriminated against by the majority on a daily basis. I'm perhaps one of the lucky ones who so far has managed to avoid threats, acts of violence and hate against me, but not all of our trans brothers and sisters are so fortunate, and with this story we show our solidarity and commemorate the 331 murdered trans people this year alone [Trans Re-spect Versus Transphoboia (TvT) Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) research project update published 20th Nov 2019]. I hope this video inspires people to seek education and enlightenment on LGBTQ+ issues and in turn help us to work together for a more accepting and safe future for all.”

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Jake Graf
Anthony Toma
Production Company
Toma Productions
1st AD
Laura Prast


Director of Photography
Lorenzo Levrini
Focus Puller
Anil Duru
2nd AC
Kato Murphy


Helio Ribeiro 


Art Director
Laura Little


Stacey Fitsgerald


Giorgio Galli


Vlad Brarin
Colour grade company


Helen Sims
Communion Records

Other credits

Movi Operator

Jack Thompson-Roylance


Oliver Craig


Alex Magill

Art Assistant

Frank Styles

Make-Up Assistant

Ella Chadwick


Reece Robinson


Hannah Graf


Alex Felstead


Daniel Wheatley

Development Consultant

Jessica Jones

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