Archive | October, 2011

Happy Halloween from Highkixx!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, Bitches!

Didn’t party on Saturday at DNA Lounge with Heklina and Peaches Christ?…

Well, check out the New York Botanical Garden to see the ZOMBIE PUMPKIN in the “Haunted Pumpkin Garden.” (Thanks to KBear.com for posting the fab article and photo!)…

Or, relive the fun of this year’s wacky DC Halloween tradition — The Annual DC Drag Race. (Thanks to Washington Post coverage of this event!)

Happy Screaming!

xo Mandy

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“You’re Pushing Me, Miss Brunner!” Non-traditional Film Roles for Drag Queens

27 Oct

Hello and greetings. Apologies for the short hiatus. Summer plans grabbed hold and have only just let go! So, let’s get into it, shall we?

In looking for an expanding role for drag queens – beyond a cameo at New York Fashion Week…

Or a show on LOGO…

Or even as key characters in fab musicals…

One can certainly find some well-known transgender roles in pop culture…

And some who have bridged the gap…

But, there seem to be a dearth of good movie roles for drag queens. This is not to say that 1000 fab movies haven’t been made with someone playing a drag queen, including the likes of those above as well as To Wong Foo, Tootsie, Bird Cage, etc.

The question remains: Where are the roles for real drag queens to play?

Direct to you from Highkixx, this week’s jewel of the silver screen just WAITING to be redone with a queen as lead is The Final Programme (1973). (Thanks to Sparks in Electrical Jelly for this graphic!)

This rather fabulous attempt to establish a sci-fi James Bond is based on author Michael Moorcock’s novel series, The Cornelius Quartet, about 007-type, Jerry Cornelius. (Side note: Michael Moorcock, an eccentric by any stretch, was recruited to write for the Doctor-Who franchise.) One of the most famous of the quartet, The Final Programme, was made into a movie in 1973.

Here’s a summary … “Jon Finch stars as Jerry Cornelius, swinging London’s leading scientific genius, in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed science fiction novel by Michael Moorcock. As the world teeters on the brink of collapse following a nuclear war, Jerry discovers that a batch of microfilm containing ‘the final programme’ — the plan for an ideal, self-replicating human being, which was designed by his father — has fallen into the wrong hands. With the assistance of Miss Brunner, a voracious and bisexual computer expert, Jerry discovers the programme has been taken by his unscrupulous brother Frank, and Jerry and Miss Brunner must recover it and put the system to work, leading to the creation of a new messiah,” (a radiantly charismatic hermaphroditic being).

A hermaphroditic messiah? Talk about a game changer. Check out the trailer…

A wonderful option for a drag lead is, in fact, Miss Brunner. Originally played on the silver screen by Jenny Runacre, as David Caims writes, “the brilliant psychic vampire…substitutes elegance and humour for nearly everything else. Sharp little teeth. One of the few women to have won The Alternative Miss World Competition, ostensibly a platform for drag queens.”

What? What was that? Indeed, Jenny Runacre did win The Alternative Miss World Contest, a competition about TRANSFORMATION that is decidedly GAY, and has been hosted by the likes of Divine. (Find more history on the competition here, as well as information on the new movie about this historic annual event, “The British Guide To Showing Off”.)

Here’s another fab clip from the movie…

Might I suggest that RuPaul, and the producers behind DragRace and LOGO start doing remakes of 70s sci-spy drama? Please call me for help with THAT screenplay! Ooh, the transformative gender-bending doors we’ll open…

xo, Mandy

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