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The Alternative Miss World (1980)

A filmed record of the 1978 "Alternative Miss World" beauty pageant held in a circus tent on Clapham Common in South London.


Richard Gayor
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Credited cast:
Andrew Logan Andrew Logan ... Master of Ceremonies
Divine ... Guest of Honour / Interviewer
Nell Campbell ... Opening Number Act (as Little Nell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel Adey Nigel Adey
Bob Anthony Bob Anthony
Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell
Lionel Bart
Jill Bruce Jill Bruce
Bobby Claridge Bobby Claridge
Rebecca du Pont de Bie Rebecca du Pont de Bie
Ricardo de Velasco Ricardo de Velasco
Joan de Vere Hunt Joan de Vere Hunt
Hemine Demoane Hemine Demoane
Duggie Fields
Michael Fish Michael Fish


A filmed record of the 1978 "Alternative Miss World" beauty pageant held in a circus tent on Clapham Common in South London.

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September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Wanna Be a Beauty Queen See more »

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Referenced in After Stonewall (1999) See more »

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Charming Movie; great way to kill 90 minutes
2 January 2015 | by udrivemenuttySee all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect when getting this; I only got it because it featured Little Nell in the opening credits. I hadn't even heard of the Alternative Miss World pageant before. This is a documentary, but it has got to be one of the most entertaining documentaries out there; it is made more like a "filmed for posterity" documentary than one of those "and so Professor Nicholas P. Nichols invented the cure for chickenpox in 1894" kind of documentary.

It's a great way to kill time when you're stuck with a boring night. It's fun to see all the weird and interesting costumes these contestants come up with (even by the second time I viewed it I forgot what the outfits were, so it still kept me on my seat to find out who the winner was again).

The other two reviews on here say that it gets boring, but whenever I watch it the ending is sooner than I would've hoped for. It's not one of my favorite films nor do I think everybody who's living needs to watch it. But if you're into weird things and want something new to watch, "The Alternative Miss World" (aka "I Wanna Be A Beauty Queen")will be a treat to watch.

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