Directed by: Margo Pelletier
USA | 97 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Sat 1st Oct 20:15

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“As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.” This Patti Smith quotation kicks off the ‘Thirsty’ biopic; the idea of gender performativity was not absent at the time the story takes place, yet, much like today, it wasn’t easy for everyone to accept. ‘Thirsty’ follows the story of Scotty Townsend, who faced quite the struggle with his gender identity growing up in Provincetown in the 70s. From a very young age he developed a taste for dressing like a girl and was heavily bullied for his effeminate appearance and mannerisms. His home situation wasn’t exactly pleasant either. His parents separated and he grew up with his alcoholic mother. In his 20s, Scotty discovered a talent for singing and specifically impersonating Cher. Dressing up as Cher and performing at drag shows under the stage name Thirsty Burlington became his safe haven after a life of hardships. The beauty of this biopic is not only to be found in the story it tells, but also in the way it is told. Although it often touches upon sensitive subject matter, the film is characterized by its glitter, glamour, and peppered with beautiful musical intervals. Ultimately a very uplifting watch. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Thirsty Burlington herself. Attendees are encouraged to dress a Cher and Thirsty will choose the best dressed audience member to win a night on the town with Thirsty and the filmmakers.
Scott Townsend
Deirdre Lovejoy
Cole Canzano
Jonny Beauchamp
Malina Weissman
Margo Pelletier
Laura Kelber
Margo Pelletier
Shawn Greene
Lisa Thomas
Executive Producer(s)
Lisa Thomas
Margo Pelletier
Screening Status
European Premiere
Strands: Features LGBT
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