I AM DIVINE
2013, Automat Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz

Chubby, gay Glenn Milstead struggled to fit in growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s - until he met underground filmmaker John Waters and became Divine. From outrageous drag queen to disco diva to mainstream acclaim for his final role as Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, Divine’s life and career are lovingly chronicled in this documentary, which features clips from his film and TV appearances, live performance footage and new interviews with family, friends and colleagues such as John Waters, Ricki Lake and Mink Stole.


FEMALE TROUBLE
1975, New Line Cinema, 89 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

Director John Waters’ follow-up to PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE is in many ways even more outrageous, a certifiable classic of politically incorrect, trailer-trash culture. Drag queen supreme Divine stars in a double role as juvenile delinquent-turned-sociopathic killer Dawn Davenport and macho loser Earl. Like Russ Meyers’ FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, FEMALE TROUBLE offers up more than its share of classic lines and bizarre, demented images. If you’ve only seen Waters’ later films such as HAIRSPRAY and PECKER, come get yourself an education on one of the subversive giants of American independent filmmaking!


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