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I AM DIVINE

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Night Shift)

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

If John Waters is the Pope of Trash, the infamous Divine was Mother Superior of Drag.

Harris Glenn Milstead grew up in conservative Baltimore a bullied tubby kid. But as Divine he became a queer icon, a midnight movie heroine, an unlikely pop star, and one of the filthiest people to ever live. Discovered by John Waters, Divine exploded on film and stage with supremely garish outfits and make-up: a radical entertainer working in the best of bad taste.

This slick, joyful and often affecting bio-doc by Jeffrey Schwarz, award-winning documentarian of the outré, features plenty of interviews with Divine and Harris. Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Bruce Vilanch, and Divine's sometime-estranged family join a wild orgy of appreciation for a true original.

If Divine was still around, surely he'd sneer "F*ck you very much".

"An enjoyably naughty trip through Divine's career." – Hollywood Reporter

D Jeffrey Schwarz P Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Lance Robertson, Jon Glover WS The Film Collective TD DCP/2013

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