The Found Theatre Presents New Zealand Documentary “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”
2011-07-15 · By Editor
The Found couldn’t be more pleased to screen this brilliant and wacky film about New Zealand’s most beloved cultural icons: The Topp Twins. Winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and too many other awards to list here, “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment have helped change New Zealand’s social landscape.
As well as rarely seen archive footage and home movies, the film features candid chats with some of the Topps’ infamous comedy alter-egos, including the two Kens, Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Bowling Ladies and the Posh Socialite sisters, Prue and Dilly. “The Topp Twins” follows the girls from their happy childhood on a dairy farm, where they grew up singing to the cows, to the Territorial Army, as well as the heady days performing on the streets of Auckland during the political protest marches of the early ’80s. By 1998, Lynda Topp, as Camp Mother, very nearly won the mayoral election in Auckland, and the Topps became firmly entrenched in Kiwi culture with their own prime time TV series “Do Not Adjust Your Twinset.” This is the story not only of two unique sisters, but of half a century of cultural changes in New Zealand and the foundation of a national identity. Part concert film, part biopic, part historical record, and a big part comedy, it shares the twins’ journey from “coming out” to Jools’ recent brush with breast cancer with a great deal of laughter, honesty and wisdom. Directed by award-winning former BBC documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley. To view the trailer: youtube.com/ToppTwins
The Documentary Film “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” will screen on Friday & Saturday, July 22 & 23, 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m. at The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Movie refreshments and wine and beer available. Tickets for the event are $8. For additional information call 562/433-3363 or visit foundtheatre.org.