Following a packed house at MIFF, The Capitol will screen Frank Simon’s ground-breaking documentary The Queen (1968), which followed the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant, introducing audiences to the world of competitive drag and to activist and transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina.
Boasting appearances from Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and artist Larry Rivers, this mesmerising piece of queer history was the first document of drag culture on screen long before Paris is Burning and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Watch the trailer here.
The Queen will screen in a resplendent 4K digital restoration, followed by an in-conversation with special guests Zackary Drucker (USA), trans artist, photographer and producer of Golden Globe-award winning TV series Transparent, and genderqueer drag artist, Asis D’Orange (ISR). Drucker was a mentee and confidante to Flawless Sabrina up until her death in 2017 and will speak to Sabrina’s experience making the film, offering unique insight and context.
Co-presented by The Capitol with Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FoJAM)