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Queerguru @ BFI Flare : Rebel Dykes : London in the 1980’s

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  In the opening minutes of this powerful documentary we hear a voice that says ‘ we were young, working-class and poor: we were dykes NOT lesbians.”  It is a statement of fact but there is a slight edge to it which we take as a warning not to misinterpret who this group of queer women … Continue reading



BILLIE : Andrew Hebden reviews a riveting new doc on BILLIE HOLLIDAY

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    Saying that this riveting telling of the life of Billie Holiday is our second favourite music documentary of the past few years does not seem like the compliment it is until we remind you that our favourite was the sublime Amazing Grace centered on Aretha Franklin. Whereas Amazing Grace focuses on the vocal … Continue reading



PS Burn This Letter Please : a glimpse into NY’s gay drag scene in the 1950’s + 1960’s

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  In 2007  John Maloof a young graduate working on a history project bought a suitcase full of photographic negatives in a Chicago auction hoping that one or two them maybe useful in his research.  However what he discovered that day was a treasure trove of what is undoubtedly one on the finest collection of street … Continue reading



Transformistas : the pioneer drag queens of Santa Clara, Cuba

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  Despite its setting of poverty and oppression there is a real sense of joy and elation in the lives of the Cuban drag queens captured in Transformistas (the local term for Drag) this new documentary.    Cuba has always held conflicting and ambiguous views on homosexuality. Even though in 1981, the Ministry of Culture … Continue reading



Dragtime : looking back in time

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  A great wee find on YouTube (so its free) is this thoroughly entertaining HBO documentary by then newbie director Patti Kaplan about some of our favorite Drag Queens.  The year is 1997  and Jeff Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman is so young he is totally unrecognizable in men’s attire : Lady Bunny had more … Continue reading



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