The British Guide to Showing Off

The British Guide to Showing Off
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The British Guide to Showing Off
United Kingdom, 2011, 97 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Gay/Lesbian
Program: True Stories
Language: English

Artist Andrew Logan, who won his first costume prize on coronation day in 1953, founded the "Alternative Miss World" contest in 1972, and has reigned over this unique and fabulous event ever since. Each contest is both an art piece in its own right and a celebration of the alternative spirit of the times–a showcase of the extravagant, the groundbreaking, and the eccentric. Stupendously attired contestants such as "Miss Tuna Turner" and "Miss Placed Enthusiasm", parade alongside hosts and judges including outsider icons such as Divine and Derek Jarman. The footage of past shows alone is enough to captivate and charm, and Benstock's playful mixed-media collage and animation, perfectly in tune with the spirit of its subject, adds another level to this joyful celebration of creativity and difference. At the center of it all is Andrew Logan, surprisingly prim and proper given his flamboyant brainchild, but–as artist Grayson Perry playfully comments– "like a naughty auntie who'll tip gin in your tea."

Director Jes Benstock, Producers Dorigen Hammond and Susan Jeffries are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Jes Benstock
Producer: Dorigen Hammond
Editor: Stephen Boucher
Cinematographer: Denzil Armour-Brown, Andrew David Clark, Johnny Cocking
Music: Mike Roberts
Principal Cast: Andrew Logan, Brian Eno, Richard O’Brien, Zandra Rhodes
Filmography: Feature Debut
Print Source: Living Cinema -

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