FRANK SIMON’S GROUND-BREAKING 1968 DOCUMENTARY THE QUEEN WITH ZACKARY DRUCKER (PRODUCER, TRANSPARENT) AND DRAG ARTIST ASIS D’ORANGE IN CONVERSATION & QUEER AND TRANSPARENT GAZING - A MASTERCLASS ON THE QUEER GAZE
Following its grand reopening in June, The Capitol is thrilled to present one of its first public programs on Friday 13 September 2019.
Fresh off a packed house at MIFF, The Capitol will screen Frank Simon’s ground-breaking film The Queen (1968), which followed the 1967 Miss AllAmerican Camp Beauty Pageant, introducing audiences to the world of competitive drag and to activist and transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina – who was the brainchild behind this film. Hailed by Indiewire as a “queer cinematic treasure”, The Queen boasts appearances from the likes of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Dorian Corey (Paris is Burning) and artist Larry Rivers. Long before Paris is Burning, Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ and RuPaul’s Drag Race emerged, The Queen outed the first document of drag culture on screen, offering a mesmerising and tender vérité experience.
The Queen will screen at The Capitol in a resplendent 4K digital restoration from the original camera negative.
Following the screening, The Capitol will host an in-conversation with special guests Zackary Drucker, the American trans artist, photographer and producer of Golden Globe-award winning TV series Transparent, and Israeli genderqueer drag artist, Asis D’Orange.
Drucker became something of a confidante to Flawless Sabrina before Sabrina’s death in 2017. Drucker will speak to Sabrina’s experience making the film, offering context and unique insight into the cultural fallout after The Queen’s 1968 release.
The Queen screens Friday 13 September, 645pm at The Capitol. Tickets and more info via thecapitol.rmit.edu.au.
MASTERCLASS: Queer and Transparent Gazing - A conversation about the queer lens with Zackary Drucker, Aviv Shalem and Cerise Howard
In this Masterclass Zackary Drucker will deliver a keynote lecture about how she approaches queer creative practice and how she has contributed to queer representation through the TV series Transparent, for which she was a contributing producer, her work on the Gender Spectrum Collection – a genderqueer stock photography collection she created for Broadly – and her own artworks. What does it mean to Zackary to be a queer, trans artist, and what are the limits, provocations, critiques and creative goals of her work?
Zackary will then be joined by Aviv Shalem (Asis D’Orange) and film critic Cerise Howard on a panel to discuss queer art practices, how you 'queer' the gaze and what 'queering' the body through performance means to each of them. How does their art politicise the gaze and make 'queer' more visible?
The Masterclass will also include selected screenings of Drucker’s selected short films and video works, and a spoken word and video performance by Asis D’Orange.
Masterclass: Queer and Transparent Gazing runs Friday 13 September, 1045am-1pm at The Capitol.
Tickets and more info via thecapitol.rmit.edu.au
The Queen and Masterclass: Queer and Transparent Gazing are proudly co-presented by the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FoJAM), which takes place Sunday 8 September. Tickets and more info via fojam.com.