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Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate & Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami

by Werner Borkes in Films & Books , 27 juli 2018

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Bianca Del Rio, drag superstar and season 6 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is not known for her calm and loving nature. Her razor-sharp sense of humour is a powerful weapon.

This popular drag queen, who calls herself “clown in a gown,” now has a tremendous reputation as a hilarious comedian because of her relentless one-liners that are fired at the audiences of her stand up-shows.

The film is the sequel to Bianca’s first adventure two years ago. This film was also shown at the Roze Filmdagen, as well as the Pathé Gay Night in honour of the Pride festivities. The story continues where the first film ended.

Richard Martinez a.k.a. Bianca Del Rio is still a chemistry teacher at a conservative American High School. In part 1 she has sent her arch-enemy, the vice-principal Deborah Ward, in a flawlessly executed plan to prison. But now Debbie has been released, she wants to permanently eliminate Bianca Del Rio. Debbie manages to tempt Bianca to go on a dangerous journey to homophobic Russia, where a fake education award and cash would await her. Before she knows it Bianca ends up in an inimitable adventure through a secret operation.

This one-off screening of the sequel (or “she-quel”) promises to become an unprecedented “drag extravaganza” with guest drag stars such as Shangela, Katya Zamolodchikova, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, Alaska Thunderfuck and Lady Bunny. With queer stars Wanda Sykes, Cheyenne Jackson, Matthew Camp and Dot Marie Jones, this very campy story is the must see movie during the Amsterdam Pride week.

 August 1, 20:15, Pathé Gay Night, Tuschinski
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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Bigger than life, wild, challenging and androgynous, but also a model, pop icon and actress - Grace Jones embodies it all. This dazzling and unconventional documentary dives into the artistic and private life of singer Grace Jones, with spectacular live performances.

With “Nightclubbing” and “Slave To The Rhythm” in the 1980s, she bridged the immense gap between opposites disco and new wave. But this unworldly singer is also a daughter, mother, sister and even a grandmother.
The documentary takes us to Jamaica where we meet her family, while revealing the background of her traumatic youth. We see her in Paris on a photo shoot with famous photographer (and then partner and father of her son) Jean-Paul Goude and during a spectacular performance in Dublin where she performs iconic hits such as “Slave To The Rhythm,” “Pull Up To The Bumper,” and “Nipple To The Bottle.”

Old and new footages gives depth to the past and present in a film that portrays Grace as the gypsy, the artist, the party-going hedonist, the warm and funny woman, as well as mother with a fierce and tenacious business sense.

This is a Grace Jones we have not seen before. The documentary by Sophie Fiennes goes beyond the traditional music biography and offers a stylish portrait of an unusual subject.

 In cinemas from August 9.



published Feb 2015       


In the New Issue of Gay News, 332, April 2019

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