Trans Film Event: 'Kinky Boots'

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 19:38

 Trans film event: 'Kinky Boots'  Free film! Free snacks! Free talk!

By "popular demand" The Trans Inclusion Group hosts a FREE screening of "Kinky Boots"

About the Night:

Are you feeling nice and airy from spring weather?
Are you looking for an excuse to procrastinate from school/exams?
Are you looking for candy and smiles?
Are you scared of what these cryptic questions may be asking?

. . . then plan to attend the next trans film night: the sugar, sweet and fluffy edition!
Join us to watch "Kinky Boots" - a comedy (gasp). Plan to show up, relax, and indulge in sweets (maybe even laugh a little). Simple.

About The Film:

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business, but he never thought that he would take his father's place.

Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, left to take on a failing, traditional, old-men, shoe business. What could possibly revive the business? Perhaps the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola can show them how it's done with some trans-entrepreneurialism! Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear (you know, diversify the product).

Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of people without vision. Imagine fetishism footwear's power. Kinky Boots is a British comedy (and borderline cult classic) based on the real-life story of the Northamptonshire shoe company "Divine".

Or maybe the film will make you think through the politics of trans identities and capitalism's commodification practices, maybe you think through labour movements and the historical exclusion of sex workers as workers, maybe you will think through how to complicate the narrative of stepping into a father's "shoes", etc. - but you don't have to - it will be a fun, pressure-free, no expectations evening. Still, if the popcorn inspires a critical awareness do share it!

Starting dreaming of popcorn, oreos, sugar cookies, coffee cake, macaroni, rice krispies squares - all vegan. Or bring your own social snack-creation to share (but no need?) Arrive early and play some yahtzee.

dir: Julian Jarrold 2006
rated: PG-13
<film running time 107 min>

Everyone welcome - allies welcome.

Open (casual) discussion could follow.

 

womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca
416-978-8201

wheelchair accessible

 

 

 

The Centre for Women and Trans People UofT
563 Spadina Ave. rm.100 North Borden Building
M5S 2J7 Toronto
Canada
43° 39' 35.838" N, 79° 24' 1.0656" W
CA
The Centre for Women and Trans People UofT

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