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The Queen

Director: Frank Simon Country: USA (1968)
Language: English

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Before the iconic Paris is Burning, before RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was The Queen. Discover Frank Simon’s groundbreaking 1968 documentary, set in New York’s competitive drag world, in this fabulous new restoration.

Debuting just before the Stonewall Riots, Frank Simon’s queer classic focuses on the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant, taking audiences inside the world of competitive drag and introducing two LGBTQI icons and activists: Crystal LaBeija, the founder of “house” culture for drag queens, and transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina.

Anticipating the drag ball competitiveness of Paris is Burning (which features Crystal’s house successor, Pepper LaBeija) and RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Queen delves into the tension and melodrama of the show as Sabrina’s protégé, “Harlow”, does battle with Crystal in the high-stakes showdown, and Simon captures candid asides as contestants talk everything from “sex changes” to gender identity and even the Vietnam draft. It’s a fascinating snapshot of an era, and a formative moment in queer cinema.

The Queen is an extraordinary documentary.” – New York Times

Tickets

2851
Sat 17 Aug 4:00 pm [2851]
The Queen (68 mins)
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Featured Subjects
Andy Warhol, Bruce Jay Friedman, Edie Sedgwick, Flawless Sabrina, George Plimpton, Harlow, Jerry Leiber, Jill Krementz, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers, Mario Montez, Mary Ellen Mark, Terry Southern
Director
Frank Simon
Producers
John Maxtone-Graham, Lewis M. Allen, Sit Litvinoff
Cinematographer
Frank Simon, Joseph Zysman, Kenneth Van Sickle, Robert Elfstrom
Editor
Geraldine Fabrikant
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital

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