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Last event: Thursday 30 June 2022 at 8.15pm
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Part of: Film Feels Curious: My Forgotten Favourites

Directed by Jamie Babbit 
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, RuPaul 

When her family begins to suspect all-American girl Megan of being gay, an intervention is staged and she is dragged to “True Directions” to be turned straight. What could be a painful subject to tackle is transformed into a beloved rom-com due to its inventive approach. Bravely using exaggerated pink and blue colour schemes across set décor and costumes, director Jamie Babbit satirises the absurdity of gender norms and heteronormativity to great comedic effect. The film was also one of the early roles of Russian Doll/Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Happiest Season director Clea DuVall, as well as featuring the ironic (and iconic) casting of RuPaul out of drag as the boy’s counsellor. The film will be presented in the 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut.  

The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Eleanor Medhurst, lesbian dress historian and founder of the blog Dressing Dykes. She joins us to discuss the films costume design and use of gendered colours, particularly her personal favourite – pink! 

This screening is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk. 




Approx 85 mins