The Queen 1968 Ages 15+
6.00PM Fri 30 Oct 2020 (1hr 8mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
‘Before Paris is Burning, before RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was The Queen, director Frank Simon’s ground-breaking 1968 documentary which introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag by chronicling the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant.
The Queen takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBT icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol and his superstars Edie Sedgwick and Mario Montez. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant scene’s racial bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in 1990’s Paris Is Burning [also in the ‘Life’s a Drag’ program]. A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negative.’ The Frida Cinema
Screening: Fri 30 Oct 6.00pm, Fri 6 Nov 6.00pm, Sun 8 Nov 1.00pm
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 68 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: FRANK SIMON / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: ROBERT ELFSTROM, FRANK SIMON, KENNETH VAN SICKLE, JOSEPH ZYSMAN / EDITOR: GERALDINE FABRIKANT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: KINO LORBER / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP