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2 July 2020

Characters and Creation

by Syd Briscoe

Vogue: “Drag Syndrome” - 6 mins 33s

Vogue continue their Pride series with this fascinating film which explores the intersection of disability and drag. Director Jess Kohl takes a documentary approach as she profiles Drag Syndrome - an artistic collective of drag kings and queens who happen to have Down's syndrome.

One key aspect of this film is that it directly debunks two significant myths: a) that LGBT culture is somehow inherently 'adult' and sexualised and b) that disabled people must be sheltered from such things. The members of Drag Syndrome are unfailingly articulate as they explain their artistic approaches, touching on sexuality, aesthetics, and character creation.

As it shines a light on a little-explored corner of the LGBT community, this film offers a heartening reminder of how liberating and life-changing authentic self-expression can be. It's a bold and beautiful reminder that there's room for everyone under the rainbow - all without a hint of 'inspiration porn'.

Commissioner: Minnie Carver (Vogue)
Film Production: PrettyBird Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jess Kohl ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Benji Landman / Tom Manaton
Executive Producer: Juliette Larthe
Cinematographer: Adric Watson / Ben Cole
Make-Up: Bryanna Angel
Editor: Jess Vincent
Film Lab: Cinelab London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Jax Harney ♀ Ⓟ @ Envy Advertising Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: CC Honeymoon

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