- Jennifer M. Kroot
- 90 min
- Start Date
- 23 Nov 2017
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A fond portrait of Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, sure to delight diehard fans and newcomers alike. Jennifer M. Kroot’s affectionate tribute traces Maupin’s life from his conservative boyhood and youthful flirtation with Republican politics to his current status as beloved gay icon, raconteur, and advocate of sexual liberation.
Tales of the City chronicled the daily adventures, love affairs and lives of a group of fictional friends living in San Francisco. It began life as a newspaper serial, with regular installments appearing in The San Francisco Chronicle. Kroot takes this as inspiration, structuring her film as a series of themed vignettes, incorporating talking heads, archive footage, and clips from TV and film.
Maupin is a prime subject for documentary: loquacious, controversial, and backed-up by a starry-roster of famous friends, including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan.
This film, winner of the Documentary Spotlight prize in this year’s SXSW Audience Awards, is sure to have audiences rushing back to the shelves to pick up his books again (as if we ever put them down) .
Director Jennifer N Kroot is interesting in her own right; her film It Came from Kuchar about the queer world of film-maker brothers George and Mike Kuchar is a fascinating look at why their films have inspired so many people including John Waters and Todd Haynes. She has also made To Be Takei, a documentary about gay actor and activist George Takei aka Sulu in Star Trek, so her queer credentials are impeccable!