Colleen. At 85 a Film Star


From film projectionist to film star that is the story of Coffs Harbour local, Colleen, an 85-year old transgender woman, transitioning from male to female. Having lived most of her life as Colin – a husband, father, policeman, film-projectionist and self-declared shoe fetishist, Colleen has had to negotiate her gender transition later in life. Now her life is being told in an important 55 minute documentary by Ian Thomson that is nearing completion called, ‘Becoming Colleen: Finding the Shoe That Fits’.

More than a documentary about the transitioning of an elderly transgender woman: this is a story of Col and her wife Heather: two people whose love transcended their gender roles; a small community that comes together to support a woman in pursuit of her greatest dream; and how finding exactly the right pair of shoes can be a perfect fit.

Becoming Colleen is in post-production and has been selected to premiere at the 2019 Screenwave International Film Festival in January. You can donate to the production of this film at