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Deep in Vogue

Country: UK, Language: English, 61 mins

  • Director: Amy Watson; Dennis Keighron-Foster
  • Producer: Amy Watson; Dennis Keighron-Foster; Darren Pritchard

CGiii Comment

The category is: Post-modern [sub-cultural] appropriation!?!

To hell with all that appropriation stuff...this is all about creating safe spaces and having a good old [creative] time doing so!

So what if it is derivative of the New York Ballrooms...there is no bigger compliment than mimicry, impersonation...or, a fuzzy photocopy of the original. Ballroom and everything that goes with it...is having a [second] global renaissance...there's the Paris scene, the Berlin scene, the London scene...there's even a Sydney scene...and now, the powerhouse of the North [of England], Manchester, is setting their houses on fire!

Jennie Livingstone's Paris is Burning...paved the way.

Madonna took it into the stratosphere.

And, Ryan Murphy's Pose has opened the floodgates for new generations to find, appreciate and participate in a sub-culture that has much to say and more to show...good grief, even the BBC has climbed on-board...buying the series and broadcasting it on BBC2 [Pose, that is]! And now...BBC3 has acquired this...bravo!

So, forget the critics...ignore the academics...slip on your fake Manolos...and, V-O-G-U-E!

A fine wee film.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Manchester’s Vogue ball scene is revealed in a compelling documentary that explores notions of love, community and creativity, as preparations are underway for an upcoming competition. This is a celebration of the queer heroes of this scene, which takes its inspiration from the US model of competing Houses that were developed in the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York. And as we hear the life stories of the key players, legendary MC Rikki Beadle-Blair works the runway like no one else.