Brandon becomes romantically involved with Lana, who is initially unaware of his biological sex and troubled past.
The two make plans to move to Memphis, where Brandon will manage Lana's karaoke singing career.
They try to make Lana look, but she shields her eyes and turns away.
After this confrontation, Tom and John drag Brandon into John's car and drive to an isolated location, where they brutally beat and gang rape him. Though injured, Brandon escapes through a bathroom window.
Swank was chosen because her personality seemed similar to Teena's.The film's themes, which have been explored by many scholars, include the nature of romantic and platonic relationships, the causes of violence against LGBT people, transgender people and the gender binary, and the relationship among social class, race, and gender.The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 8, 1999, before appearing at various other film festivals.The film focuses on the relationship between Brandon and his girlfriend Lana Tisdel.The script took dialogue directly from archive footage in the 1998 documentary The Brandon Teena Story.Lana bails Brandon out and asks why he was placed in a women's prison.