Dr Phoebe Hart is an Australian filmmaker, lecturer and intersex rights activist, born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. She lectures in film, television and digital media at the Queensland University of Technology, and is principal of Hartflicker, a video and film production company. She is known particularly for her autobiographical road trip movie, Orchids, My Intersex Adventure.
Phoebe describes how she was told she would never menstruate nor have children, but the reasons were not discussed and the topic was taboo. When she was 17 years of age, her mother told her the family secret, that she had testes in her abdomen. She was pressured into a gonadectomy (sterilization), and in the documentary she faces the traumatic emotional scars from that operation and the secrecy associated with it. During the shooting of her auto-biography, her parents initially refused to be filmed.
Phoebe completed her film studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1995. She has been involved in the children’s programme Totally Wild, Network Ten‘s documentary unit, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s Race Around the World and Fly TV.
In 2009, Phoebe was awarded her doctorate from Queensland University of Technology, of which Orchids was a central element of her doctoral studies. This documentary took six years for the principal documenters (sisters Phoebe and Bonnie Hart) to film, using a variety of cameras including semi-professional digital cameras, domestic VHS camcorders, and Super 8. She describes the work as a means of helping young intersex people to come to terms with their bodies.
Phoebe Hart has a passion for all that is beautiful in the world and has a strong sense of social justice. She has travelled, lived, worked and studied in many parts of the globe and speaks German and Spanish fluently.