Emerging at the end of the 1960s, The Cockettes were a theatrical troupe of assorted hippies, drag queens and gay men who embraced the new drug-fuelled, anti-establishment counterculture in San Francisco. Founded by the flamboyant 'Hibiscus', they started out by performing improvised musicals before the midnight film at the Palace Theatre. As their popularity grew, so did the flamboyance of their events, and the number of their ranks. Continuing successfully into the early 1970s, they briefly counted Divine and pop diva Sylvester as members. But eventually they drifted apart, or went solo, leaving a lasting legacy most evident with the emergence of glam rock and the popularity of acts such as David Bowie and the New York Dolls. Combining archive footage and contemporary interviews - with former Cockette members and celebrity fans such as John Waters - this documentary portrait is a tribute to a cultural phenomenon that re-establishes The Cockettes as the innovating pioneers that they were.
Interview With The Director, Original Theatrical Trailer, Scene Selection, Deleted Scenes, TV Spots, Tartan Trailer Reel, Information Booklet
Release Date: 26 July 2004
Certificate: TBA - To Be Announced
Main Language: English