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I Am Divine

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Jeffrey Schwartz
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USA 2013
90 minutes
Rated 15 - Contains very strong language, strong sex references, drug use, crude humour

I Am Divine pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of Divine, the larger-than-life diva who became an iconic symbol of filmic and sexual anarchy.

Notoriously dubbed "the filthiest person alive" following a performance in John Waters' Pink Flamingoes, Divine broke the rules of drag and gender performance. Director Jeffrey Schwarz delivers a heartfelt homage that explores Divine's journey from being Harris Glen Milstead, a bullied nancy boy in suburban Baltimore, to starring in a series of transgressive films such as Mondo Trasho, Female Trouble and Hairspray.

Featuring interviews with many close to Divine, including Waters, Ricki Lake and Mink Stole, this is an entertaining and affecting portrait and a must-see for all queer cinema enthusiasts.


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