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The British Guide to Showing Off (2011)

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British artist and living legend Andrew Logan, loved the world over by celebrities and misfits alike, takes us under his glittering wing and inside his outrageous, anarchic and spectacular ... See full summary »

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Zandra Rhodes ...
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Michael Davis ...
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Miss Elementary My Dear
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Miss Hokusai
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British artist and living legend Andrew Logan, loved the world over by celebrities and misfits alike, takes us under his glittering wing and inside his outrageous, anarchic and spectacular costume pageant: the Alternative Miss World Show. As the Shows master of ceremonies and ringmaster, Logan is the high priest of an esteemed congregation. He describes the Show as his most important artwork; a fabulous living sculpture that spans forty years of arts and culture. Using live observational camera, archive and exuberant animation, this documentary charts the mounting of the 2009 Show, interwoven with its history, the rise, fall and rediscovery, of both the event and the artist at its center. Written by Anonymous

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Not the real Miss World
7 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The British Guide to Showing Off is a low budget documentary focusing on Andrew Logan and his Alternative Miss World Contest that has been going since 1972. It is a campy alternative to the more famous and glamorous Miss World and quickly became popular with the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and alternative scene.

The 1978 contest which Divine attended was previously filmed and has been shown on television several times. Here we see performance artist Andrew Logan planning the 2009 contest but its really a look back at his life and the previous contest and we see personalities that were on the scene at the time such as Derek Jarman and Leigh Bowery who are no longer with us.

Obviously part of the stories and footage would be deemed to be outrageous and avantgarde. The contest is held every few years but its really an interesting take of a scene which came under attack in the 1980s and early 1990s with the then Tory government's anti gay legislation as well as the spread of AIDS.

One footnote was that when the official Miss World contest sued, one of the young barrister's hired by Logan to defend him was Tony Blair.


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