Boys Don’t Cry Real Story

The difference between a documentary and docudrama is the authenticity of events. A documentaries purpose is to report facts while a docudrama’s intention is entertainment through retelling events. I feel grateful that I watched “The Teena Brandon Story” documentary before watching the movie, “Boys Don’t Cry”. I knew the movie was based on true events but after watching the documentary, it offered further factual information.

Imagine my surprise when I realized how different the two stories were. “Boys Don’t Cry” is a movie that was released in 1999 and stared Hilary Swank as Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena. It was directed by Kimberly Peirce and based on the book “All She Wanted” by Aphrodite Jones.

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and Hilary Swank won a Best Actress award from the Berlin Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, the National Board of Review, and the Screen Actors Guild. It grossed over $11 million in movie theaters.

The movie starts out with Teena Brandon in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. She is 18 years old and has just been kicked out of her home by her mom for being transgender. She then heads to the small town of Falls City, where she meets up with some friends, including John Lotter and Tom Nissen. The three of them start hanging out together and Teena starts to dress and act like a boy. She also starts dating Lana Tisdel, who is unaware of Teena’s true identity.

One night, John and Tom rape Teena, which leads to her going to the police. The two men are arrested but end up getting released on bail. They then go after Teena, resulting in her death.

The documentary, “The Teena Brandon Story”, was made in 1998 and directed by Susanna Lyle. It tells the story of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena through interviews with friends, family, and law enforcement officials. The movie also includes footage from news reports and trial proceedings.

The documentary starts out with Teena’s mom, JoAnn Brandon, talking about her daughter and how she was always a tomboy. She talks about the night that Teena was raped and how she went to the police. She also talks about how Teena ended up getting killed by John Lotter and Tom Nissen.

The movie then goes into interviews with Lana Tisdel, who talks about her relationship with Teena and how she found out about her true identity. We also hear from John Lotter’s mom, who talks about her son and what he was like growing up. There is also an interview with Lisa Lambert, one of the women who was convicted of killing Teena, as well as an interview with the prosecutor in the case.

So, as you can see, there are some major differences between the movie and the documentary. The movie is more about the relationship between Teena and Lana, while the documentary is more about the events leading up to Teena’s death. The movie also glamorizes Teena’s life, while the documentary shows it in a more realistic light.

I think that both the movie and the documentary are important in their own way. The movie brings awareness to transgender issues and humanizes a transgender person, while the documentary gives us a better understanding of what happened leading up to Teena’s death. Both are worth watching, but I would recommend watching the documentary first.

The Oscars are a prestigious award given to both films and documentaries. So, how could the film “Boys Don’t Cry” be classified as a docudrama when there were many key facts omitted from the movie?

I believe that the film was beautifully shot, and Hilary Swank did an amazing job with her portrayal of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena. The movie starts off with a very strong visual of Teena’s dead body being found by two girls in a cornfield, which is an important scene to remember for later.

The movie then goes into a series of flashbacks starting from when Teena first arrives in Falls City. It is here we are introduced to all the characters that will play very important roles later on. We meet Lana Tisdel, who becomes Teena’s girlfriend, and we also meet John Lotter and Tom Nissen, who become Teena’s main antagonists. The movie does an excellent job of setting up the relationships between all the characters.

The movie then goes into the night of the rape, which is one of the most pivotal scenes in the movie. This is also where we see the first instance of transphobia from Lana’s father. After the rape, Teena tries to go to the police but because she is transgender, they do not believe her and she is unable to file a report. The movie then goes into Teena trying to get away from Falls City but John and Tom find her and drag her back.

This is where the movie starts to diverge from reality. In reality, after being dragged back, Teena was held captive for several days before eventually being killed. In the movie however, Teena is only held captive for one night and kills herself the next morning. This scene is very important because it’s one of the first instances where we see Teena’s strength in spite of everything that is happening to her.

The movie then goes into the trial, which again diverges from reality. In reality, John and Tom were both given life sentences for the murder of Teena Brandon. In the movie however, only John is given a life sentence and Tom is set free. This again is an instance of transphobia because even though Teena was raped and murdered, the fact that she was transgender meant that her attackers didn’t receive the same punishment they would have if she had been cisgender.

The movie then ends with a series of interviews with people who knew Teena in real life. These interviews add a lot of context to the movie and help us understand Teena as a person. Overall, I thought “Boys Don’t Cry” was a very well-made movie that accurately portrayed the events leading up to Teena Brandon’s murder. However, there are some important aspects of her story that were left out and I believe that this was done intentionally to make the movie more palatable for a mainstream audience.

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