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Dressed as a Girl (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Comedy | 2 October 2015 (UK)
Filmed over six years and following six celebrated performers as they swim against the tide, the film follows the literal highs and graphic lows of this popular tribe, revealing the personal struggles of each heroine.




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Credited cast:
Pia Arber ... Herself
Holestar ... Herself
Scottee ... Himself
John Sizzle ... Himself
Amber Waze ... Herself
Jonny Woo ... Himself


Filmmaker Colin Rothbart pulls off the wigs, wipes off the mascara to unveil the real people behind the much hyped and talked about East London's alternative drag scene. Overeating, gender dysphoria, egos, excess. Following in the tradition of Paris Is Burning and The Cockettes, and DRESSED AS A GIRL is so much more than show-stopping performances. Filmed over five years, the film covers not only the rise and fall of this hugely popular gay club scene but also offers some personal, emotionally honest portraits of six individuals at the heart it. Fundamentally it's about the nature of friendship, life and even survival against the odds, universal themes that everyone can relate to. Written by Anonymous

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DRAG is what Shakespeare would write on his play notes when he wanted the men to be 'dressed as a girl'. See more »

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Moving, funny, poignant a great viewing experience that will have you reaching for your boa
26 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

New film maker Colin Rothbart brings us a documentary that goes under the sequins and glitter of the East End of London drag scene. It stars many a well known name of that small – yet perfectly formed – circle of performers. Jonny Woo is very much to the forefront as is Scotee and Holestar ('the tranny with the fan – ee').

There is film from a few years back and features many a fabulous moment along the way including Glastonbury, the Royal Opera House and the Edinburgh Festival. There is also the story of Gay Bingo. Some of the pieces to camera are nakedly honest and can be quite moving especially the stories of rejection and self destruction in a miasma of drugs and alcohol.

The soundtrack is great too – check out 'I can't get the glitter out of the groove' along with some other excellent numbers. I think it is Jonny Woo who says at one point that they may not look to good on the outside but 'inside we are feeling glamorous'. I think that sums it up and drag makes the World a more colourful, vibrant place and long may it and the queens reign – I doff my diamanté tiara to all involved – truly exceptional.

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