Faces fascinate us, our own, other people's, the stars whose images saturate our world; what makes us look the way we do, why some people look and age better than others, and the judgements we can't help but make. This series celebrates and explores the human face in all its complexity and diversity, young and old, black and white, male, female and transgender – through science, psychology and stars.
The three part series, made by the award-winning Century Films, will air later this year and will examine the work of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust by focusing on three areas of their extensive work.
The Tavistock's Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is the only NHS-funded service in the UK for children.
The first film explores the difficult decisions faced by children when they feel like they've been born into the wrong gender, or don't fit into the neat definitions dictated by society. While gender dysphoria is not a mental illness, it presents a whole manner of related developmental and identity issues.
For most living like this can be unbearable. It can lead to distress, suicidal desires, and frightened and desperate parents. And there are no easy solutions – potentially life-changing decisions about transitioning into your chosen gender at a young age, and the medical interventions that follow, are very complicated.