Chriss Lag’s documentary takes us on an immersive exploratory trip of the French Drag King scene.

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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





Tom Nanty





Augustin de Bord





The Dude





Billy Toon





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.



The team


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





Images :


Chriss Lag


Julie Clavier





Emmanuel Faure





Photographers :

Gilles Rammant

Axelle Emden assisted by Rodolphe Béjot.

Marie Rouge






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.

Allocation of funds

What will the funding be used for?


I have been criss-crossing for filming in the Parisian Nights over the past months at my own expense.

This collection will make it possible to finish the film and to present it in festivals.


This projected budget has been calculated as tight as possible:


   420€ of equipement: K7 mini DV, 1 battery, 2 memory cards, DVDs to burn…

   744€ for travels and transportation

   450€ to rent equipment: lapel microphone HF, DV video recorder...

3 000€ for a 5 weeks editing

1 400€ for property rights on music, minimum compulsory package

2 000€ for postproduction: calibration, mixing, caption…

   360€ for administration: mailing costs, bank charges...

   300€ for registration in festivals


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Estimated delivery: September 2014

Les contreparties précédentes + un diner avec la réalisatrice et des Drag Kings du film.
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