Dir: Jamie Babbit, 1999, USA, 85 mins, Cert: 15
Fri 26 July // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Channelling the gleeful irreverence of John Waters, this candy-colored satire is unapologetic, queer-as-hell fun.Recently ranked by IndieWire as the best lesbian film of all time, BUT I'M CHEERLEADER is a cornerstone of the American Independent and Queer film scene of the 1990s.
Jamie Babbit's creative feature début follows Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader who is sent to a gay conversion therapy camp when her parents suspect her to be gay. But, (surprise!) it proves to have the opposite effect.
But I'm a Cheerleader offers a satirical look at issues surrounding queer identity and gender roles and the film doesn't resort to tragic piano music to show us the absurdity of reparative therapy. Using an out-there sense of humour, But I'm a Cheerleader is a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, and identity — and it's more relevant today than ever.
The fabulous Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall and Melanie Lynskey (plus Ru Paul and Mink Stole) all star.
Stay after the film for DJ's playing in the bar.