A few days ago, Cloud Atlas
codirector and Matrix
trilogy cocreator Lana Wachowski
accepted a Visibility Award and made a moving speech at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala. The director is busy preparing for the opening of her epic humanist sci-fi film this Friday — Cloud Atlas
, which received a 10-minute standing ovation at Fantastic Fest — but just months ago, she was making her first real public press appearances as a woman.
The Wachowskis have always valued their privacy — and who can blame them — which is something Lana touches on during her speech. She explains that the absence wasn't due to hiding her "transition," but because "We [Lana and Andy Wachowski] became acutely aware of the preciousness of anonymity — understanding it as a form of virginity, something you only lose once. Anonymity allows you access to civic space, to a form of participation in public life, to an egalitarian invisibility that neither of us wanted to give up." She continues to share a moving story about growing up and feeling the "powerful gravity of association" with women and "feeling stupid and that I was a liar because I was unable myself to imagine a world where I would ever fit in." She reveals an attempted suicide, the courage she found to admit she was transgender, the importance of her parents support and acceptance, and the links she finds between Cloud Atlas and her own story.
Watch the touching 25-minute speech, below. It will probably be the best thing you do all day.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]