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     THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS
New Zealand, 2009, 84 mins, Color (Adult Content)

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Director: Leanne Pooley
Producer: Arani Cuthbert
Cinematographers: Leon Narbey, Wayne Vinten
Editor: Tim Woodhouse
Cast: Jools Topp, Linda Topp


www.ToppTwins.com


WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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 has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons.
It has often been said that if the story of the Twins was fictional nobody would believe it. From rural backwaters to busking on the streets of Auckland, to performances at the Rugby World Cup and London’s West End stage, their appeal is infectious. From support act to Split Enz, Billy Bragg, and Midnight Oil to headlining their own hugely successful tours in Australia, Canada, the USA and Britain. The twins have morphed from radical activists into Kiwi 'national treasures', 'cultural ambassadors', and finally, according to the Glasgow Herald, into New Zealand's 'finest artistic export since lamb cutlets!' 
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls' follows the girls from their happy childhood on a Waikato dairy farm - where they grew up singing to the cows - to the Territorial Army where they quickly became the Vera Lynns of their battalion. They came of age performing on the streets of Auckland during the heady days of the political protest marches in the early 80s, and quickly joined the forefront of progressive social change campaigning for a Nuclear-Free NZ, Maori Land Rights, a halt to the1981 Springbok Tour, and Homosexual Law Reform.


Leanne Pooley
In 1997 Pooley established the independent production company Spacific Films based in New Zealand. Recent documentaries include, The Man Who Has Everything for the American Discovery Network, Kiwi Buddha as seen on National Geographic and Haunting Douglas, described by Variety Magazine as an "Expertly crafted video portrait of modern dancer/choreographer Douglas Wright. Haunting Douglas is a feature length documentary that has received accolades at film festivals around the world and earned Pooley the “Best Director” award at the 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards.
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          COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER, THE
U.S.A., 2010, 5 mins, Animated

Director: Bill Plympton

www.plymptoons.com


OFFICIAL SELECTION
2010 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL


A children's fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately, the test of a mother's love.

 
Showings
06/11/10 09:00 AMVenue 1 (SYS)
Saugatuck Yacht Services
868 Holland Street
 
06/13/10 07:00 PMVenue 1 (SYS)
Saugatuck Yacht Services
868 Holland Street
 


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