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Drag Ball

A thrilling discovery, this short documentary captures with joyful panache one of the legendary drag balls at West London’s Porchester Hall.

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Dir John Samson
UK
1981
20min

Guests from all walks of LGBTIQ+ life rub shoulders – among them Blitz Kids Boy George and Marilyn – enjoying a shared moment of freedom and some outrageous fashions. Scottish underground filmmaker John Samson was a talented chronicler of bohemia, known for his 1977 portrait of the fetish clothing scene Dressing for Pleasure. Recently unearthed by John’s son, Drag Ball is an unmissable record of the capital’s queer scene on the cusp of great change and adversity. Expect special guests and extra archive goodies on the night.

Simon McCallum

+ Lol: A Bona Queen of Fabularity

A chance to (re)discover this seminal portrait of a London drag artist.

Dir Angela Pope
BBC
1981
40min

Unsure if you’re a camp queen, a cottage queen, a clone queen or – heaven forbid! – a blob-type queen? Lol is here to help.



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