Drag Kings on Tour

Director: Sonia Slutsky

Canada/USA| 2004| Beta SP PAL| 82 mins

This sharp and accomplished documentary follows six New York drag kings on their three week, 15 city ‘Kingdom Come’ tour of the mid-west and Canada. As the kings grapple with their monster tour-bus, mechanical breakdown, border controls and faltering interpersonal relationships, they find support in meetings with family, local performers rallying round and the enthusiastic reception of their audiences.
Seamlessly interpolating club performances with incidents on the road, Slutsky builds rounded portraits of her subjects and allows their performances to explain their take on gender fluidity and the art of (king) drag. An intelligent, affectionate and touching portrait of six very talented kings and what they mean to their audiences.

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