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You may wonder what a Drag King is
It is a person who dresses as a man and impersonates male characteristics, performing a male character at the occasion of shows or workshops. Drag Kings use the codes of masculinity to consciously deconstruct their own codes of femininity and challenge the very idea of gender roles.
Although Drag Kings have been occupying cabaret stages across the Atlantic and on the other shore of the English Channel for a long time, they don’t enjoy the same visibility in France. Following French Drag Kings on stage and behind the scenes, this documentary aims at shedding light on their artistic practices: how they approach their work, how transformations linked to Drag King performance impact their lives.
Whether experienced performers as Victor and Louis, passing on their experience and sharing political ideas, gender explorers like Tom and Fred, or burlesque performers like M. Mister, the film gathers a broad range of outstanding personalities with exciting backgrounds. Besides, beyond these practical and theoretical approaches Wendy Delorme will propose new avenues well worth exploring.
With Louis de Ville
Augustin de Bord
Valentin Crève Cœur
Why this film?
There are encounters that change your life: in 2007 I came to meet as a journalist Wendy Delorme and Louis(e) de Ville. On stage, Wendy as a pin-up gets hit on by a young guy in baggy pants, a teenager who turns out to be Louise. Meeting them made me want to move back behind the camera to direct a documentary: “Louis(e) de Ville portrait of a bad girl!”.
While the film was touring in several film festivals across the world, I kept filming Louis(e) de Ville exposing, exploring and exploding gender codes. Along the way, I met other Drag Kings, other performers playing with gender roles whom I want to tell you about in this documentary.
Chriss Lag is a director, journalist and a photographer. Her films, fictions and documentaries have been selected in several international festivals and aired on television (Canal +). The representation and the place of women are at the core of Chriss Lag’s work, especially when questioning, jostling or deconstructing the traditional image of women, whether in art, sport or in the media.
Editing : Sophie Nogier
Axelle Emden assisted by Rodolphe Béjot.
The film is supported by Bulle Production The association Bulle Production supports this crowdfunding operation and will ensure the management of donations and the follow-up of the production budget.