1977, 96 minutes, 35 mm, CANADA. Directed by Richard Benner
Presented at Edmonton's Rainbow Visions on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 in collaboration with MediaQueer.ca
“You and me are here to love and look after each other.” – Robin
An upbeat friendship melodrama about Robin, a queer hairdresser (played by beloved drag artist Craig Russell), and his roommate Liza, who suffers from schizophrenia, Outrageous! deals with the theme of drag (then referred to as “female impersonation”) with a sincere authenticity, unlike many films on the subject that focus on the fictional nature of the act and on its performance. A look inside Robin’s day-to-day struggle to find his place in society, Outrageous!, even with its wild collection of costumes and its vivid colours, is more interested in the interiority of its characters than with their outside appearance. One of the rare Canadian film of the era to have a theatrical run (in New York), Outrageous! received many good reviews in trade journals during the late seventies and will now come to Rainbow Visions as part of the queer Canadian canon.
MediaQueer.ca is the online home of the Queer Media Database Canada-Quebec, a non-profit organization committed to the study, presentation, and preservation of queer Canadian film and video art.
We are proud to be back at Rainbow Visions to present two fabulously underground works from the 1970s on Thursday, Nov. 3, 7pm at Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre) 8712, 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB