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The Queens

About the film

Part documentary classic ‘Paris is Burning’, part current FX hit drama ‘Pose’, part reality show phenom ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and part traditional beauty pageant like Miss America, ‘The Queens’ explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation. Along the way, this feature-length documentary delves into the rich history of Chicago’s iconic female illusion show lounge, The Baton (entering its 50th year in 2019 at the same location), and the club's legendary offspring, the Miss Continental beauty pageant (an annual competition that has drawn transgender contestants from around the globe since 1980). The entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community share the highs and lows of their lives as they compete for the coveted crown.

Runtime 1 hour 35 mins
Premiere Australian Premiere

Director(s) Mark Saxenmeyer

Venue Backlot Cinemas

Address 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Date July 30, 2019

Time 8:45 pm

GenresBlockbuster / Premiere, LGBTIQ

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