Drags, fags and trans-women were attracted to the Big Apple because they were able to find work as impersonators in a small number of Lower East Side clubs. Decades before Stonewall, they occupied the margins of society, determined to live as they pleased, despite of the attentions of the police. Sometimes reduced to stealing to get their costumes, these girls were unstoppable, fearless and fabulous. Now in their eighties and nineties, the letters they wrote bear witness to a time when gay community was hard to find. This film is an unforgettable and deeply moving encounter with a generation of incredible survivors.

Brian Robinson, Programmer

Language English

Accessibility Available with closed captions and audio description

Running time 100 minutes

Sales The Film Collaborative

How to watch

  • On BFI Player in the UK with a ticket or festival pass
  • Watch at any time during the festival
  • 4 hours to finish once you start watching

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