We cannot bring you details of the entire programme of the London Lesbean and Gay Film Festival right here right now because the launch (with sparkling wines and cakes from Konditer & Cook always a highlight) is not until next Tuesday (come back here Wednesday: we may be reporters but we will not be logging on for up-to-the-minute news after some sparkling wines and cake, and that’s for sure). What we can tell you is that the opening gala film is a humdinger.
And it is *drums fingers on desk in approximation of a drumroll* I Am Divine, a documentary about the life and misdemeanours of one Harris Glen Milstead, known better as Divine. Divine, for those (pretending to be) too young to remember him/her was an actor/actress, singer, phenomenon who shocked, appalled and amused in films like Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Desperate Living.
Add some jaunty gay singles like You Think You’re A Man (But You’re Only A Boy) and some extraordinary performances (riding an elephant at a West End gay club, for instance) and we think you have enough material for a fairly brilliant documentary. The Festival is from 14th March and the closing gala film is about a lesbian. A Mexican one.
Divine. The documentary.,