Sunday, August 02, 2015

Dvd/150: I AM DIVINE (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013)

I AM DIVINE is an evocative documentary which tells the life of "the most beautiful woman in the world" Divine.

A real rags to riches story, we follow the story of how fat, gay and unhappy teenager Glenn Milstead became underground filmstar Divine through the films of school friend John Waters which led to becoming a real celebrity and recording star.  John Waters' surprising crossover hit HAIRSPRAY garnered him his best reviews and he was just breaking through in other mainstream roles when he tragically died aged only 42 from a cardiac arrest.

Interviewees include Waters (of course) and costars Sue Lowe, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mary Vivian Pearce along with production teamers Vincent Peranio and Pat Moran.

Also interviewed are fellow drag stars Holly Woodlawn, John Epperson and Joshua Grannell as well as his mother Frances who the film is dedicated to.

Gone but not forgotten.

Shelf or charity shop? She is Divine and she's on the shelf!

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