Julie Kalceff on ‘First Day’, trans representation, Hulu deals, and ‘Here Out West’

Writer-director Julie Kalceff talks about the internationally acclaimed series about a transgender student, and the Hulu deal that got S2 over the line.
Three lead actors on trans kids show First Day

Production finished in Adelaide this week on the second series of the groundbreaking and internationally award-winning children’s TV drama, First Day. The show follows the story of transgender high school student, Hannah, played by trans model and actor Evie Macdonald.

First Day was created, written, directed and co-produced by Julie Kalceff, who said on the phone to Screenhub that lockdowns had made it an incredibly challenging and exhausting 22-day shoot. For example, lead actor Evie Macdonald had come from two weeks of lockdown in Melbourne to two weeks of quarantine in Adelaide – a tough time for any 16-year-old. Then there were the problems with locations.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram

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