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Becoming Cherrie

About the film

Becoming Cherrie is a documentary about living with HIV in Northern Ireland.
The film tells the story of actor and performer Matthew Cavan, aka Belfast’s most-loved drag artists, Cherrie Ontop. Diagnosed HIV-positive aged 19, Matthew struggled to find acceptance in conservative Northern Irish society. Coming from a religious family, Matthew was kicked out of his church by the Minister, and having never met anybody else with HIV, felt so alone he tried to commit suicide. In a desperate attempt to escape his everyday reality and get back on stage, Matthew created his absolutely fabulous drag alter-ego Cherrie Ontop. A decade later, Cherrie is Belfast’s most-loved drag artist, and Matthew is a spokesperson for people living with HIV in Northern Ireland. However, as a result of being so open about his HIV status, Matthew has become a frequent target for homophobic trolling, threats and abuse.
Becoming Cherrie allows us inside the intimate process of transformation between Matthew and Cherrie. A portrait of resilience and reinvention, Matthew and his father Terry tell the story of the difficulties of living with HIV in the age of the DUP - set against the backdrop of the abuse Matthew has received; adapted into a terrifying stage performance!

Featuring the track Yummy Mummies & Boho Dummies by Diplomat M.

Runtime 11 mins 14 seconds
Premiere Melbourne Premiere

Director(s) Nicky Larkin

Venue Backlot Cinemas

Address 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Date July 22, 2019

Time 8:45 pm

GenresLGBTIQ, Shorts, Masterclass

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2019 Films

Feature Docs

Blockbuster / Premiere

Sports

Docs After Dark

Music

Australian

Shorts

Hidden Gems / Indie

True Crime / Stranger Than Fiction

Doc Web Series / Video Essay

Melbourne Stories

World Cinema

Women in Film

LGBTIQ

Aboriginal

Film Buff

Environmental / Tech / Health

Doc Challenge

Art Documentaries

Legends of Documentary

Animal

Alumni

Masterclass

Award Winning

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info@mdff.org.au Melbourne Documentary Film Festival GBO Box 4007 Melbourne 3000