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Drag queens launch special screening of I Am Divine at Tyneside Cinema

Host Sheena Revolta said the sceeening on Friday, before the launch of Northern Pride, was for everyone who "did not fit in"

Tyneside Cinema is hosting a special screening of I Am Divine, the documentary about drag queen and cult icon Divine, on Friday.

Host Sheena Revolta will invite members of the audience to quote along with Divine’s most famous lines, and prizes will be on offer for the best dressed film fans on the night.

Newcastle drag queens Peachy, Ashley, Jossy and Honey were at Tyneside Cinema as tickets went on sale for the event, which will take place in the dramatic surroundings of Newcastle’s iconic art deco venue.

Sheena Revolta said: “Divine wasn’t just a great drag queen, she was a great actor. She not only opened doors for drag queens, but she also opened doors for performers who were outside the mainstream. Overweight and certainly not your typical teen ingénue, Divine was a true outsider, and made space for all of us who don’t fit in.

“And the best thing was, she was funny with it. Everybody loves Divine!”

I Am Divine reveals the true story of legendary American actor and drag queen Divine, who was born Harris Glen Milstead in 1945 and died in 1988 aged 42.

A close friend of John Waters, Divine starred in several of the director’s cult films including Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974) and Hairspray (1988), which was later turned into a Broadway musical production and remade in 2007 with John Travolta in Divine’s role.

Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (Vito), the documentary features clips from Divine’s films, live performances, home movies and new interviews with her friends and family, including John Waters, Mink Stole, Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn and Hairspray co-star Ricki Lake.

Tickets are on sale now for the I Am Divine – Interactive Divine-A-Long Screening on Friday 18 July at 20:45 and are available from the Tyneside Cinema Box Office, by calling 0845 217 9909 or online at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/iamdivine .

The screening happens as Newcastle Pride Weekend returns for its seventh year in 2014, with events taking place over three days from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July.

I am Divine will screen on general release at Tyneside Cinema until Thursday 24 July.

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