Indie Film Reviews

Bristol Fashion

Jamie Toth, The Somewhat Cyclops
4 min readApr 29, 2023

‘Bristol Fashion’ is a sweet, moving slice of life movie that follows a young transgender woman, Christina (Lea Nayeli) as she navigates the fraught waters of her life. ‘Bristol Fashion’ is an intimate look at her life in these moments, and it escapes stereotypes and cliches. We are offered a window into this turbulent time in her life — her purchase of a boat, the bigotry she faces in her day to day life, the awkwardness around identification cards and deadnames, the delicacy of relationships between transgender women and straight cis men, and the intricacies and difficulties of living an authentic life.

Christina is bold and strong even when at her most vulnerable. She pulls no punches — nor does this movie.

I don’t want to give away too much in this review because I really would love for you to watch it! If you do, you’ll be treated to a fearless look at a woman’s life and experiences as she tries to find her way in the world — by way of an old boatyard.

Bristol Fashion Poster. Image Source: Affirmative Youth Productions

‘Bristol Fashion’ is directed by Pierre Guillet — a tugboat captain who grew up at the boatyard in which much of the movie takes place. Guillet, Timothy John Foster, and Lea Nayeli share writing credit.

The characters of Christina, Steve / Esteban, and Cadillac / Gerald are well-acted and all of them bring a relatability and…