As part of LGBT+ History Month, this week we focus on Lana and Lilly Wachowski.
Lana and Lilly Wachowski are American film and television directors, writers and producers. The sisters are both trans women..
Most famous for directing The Matrix, then known as the ‘Wachowski brothers’, both brothers were transgender, even though initially they did not acknowledge this publicly. Lawrence eventually transitioned to Lana Wachowski in 2008, and was the first major Hollywood director to come out as transgender. 8 years later in 2016, Andy then also came out as transgender before transitioning to Lilly Wachowski.
The Matrix was one of the most innovative films ever made. In addition to introducing the world to a beautiful mix of Sci-Fi and Philosophy, some of the special effects for the film required the directors to invent completely new filmmaking techniques. The most famous of these is probably the multi-camera setup used for the ground-breaking “Bullet time” 360° Slow-Motion effects.
They also directed Sense8 , a play on the word sensate, an American science fiction drama streaming television series. The show's first season introduced a multinational ensemble cast, portraying eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly discover that they are "sensates": human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked. The show explores issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and politics that its creators felt had been rarely addressed on television. Its central theme is an embrace of empathy across difference.