The Queen at The Capitol

Fri 13th September, 2019
The Capitol
113 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Price: $15-$22
A 4K digital restoration of a 1968 documentary that put the world of competitive drag on screen. Plus, a masterclass with a producer of the TV series Transparent.

In one of its first public programs since a $20-million-dollar refurb, The Capitol will screen Frank Simon’s ground-breaking 1968 documentary The Queen on Friday September 13. Long before RuPaul’s Drag Race, it documented the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant and introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag, and transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina. You’ll see a 4K digital restoration of the original camera negative.

Following the screening – co-presented by the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music – there’ll be a masterclass on the queer gaze with Zackary Drucker. The trans artist and photographer was a producer on the Amazon TV series Transparent and, before Sabrina’s death, was a confidante to her. Drucker will speak about her approach to queer creative practice alongside genderqueer Israeli drag artist Aviv Shalem (aka Asis D’Orange) and film critic Cerise Howard.

From 6.45pm to 9pm.

More information here.