Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks attended the world premiere of Black Divaz. | Photo: Shannon Power
A double standing ovation greeted the world premiere of Black Divaz, a documentary about Australia’s first drag pageant for Indigenous drag queens.
The pink carpet was rolled out only once during the 2018 Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney. It was for the moving documentary Black Divaz.
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Filmmaker Adrian Russell Wills and his documentary crew followed the queens around the northern city of Darwin for one week as they competed in Miss First Nation.
The pageant was the first of its kind exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drag queens.
Black Divaz followed some of the queens back to their hometowns to find out their stories.
Wills told Gay Star News that people were ‘thirsty’ to hear stories about LGBTI Indigenous people.
‘The fact that it (Black Divaz) sold out two theatres at this festival and had to be moved to a bigger cinema is a testament to the fact people want to hear our stories,’ he said.
Double standing ovation
Celebrities packed the 800-seat theatre to watch the world premiere including Orange is the New Black star, Danielle Brooks.
Also spotted were pop star and Australian Eurovision representative, Jessica Mauboy, rapper Le1f and journalist Karla Grant.
Following the film’s screening the cast, filmmaker and producers held a Q&A session for the audience.
The audience heard how important representing their communities was to the queens. But they also heard that raising awareness about important issues such as, youth suicide was a priority.
They all encouraged people to spread the word about the documentary, arguing that if more people saw it they would have a greater understanding about what it is to be queer and Indigenous.
Black Divaz will air on Australian television on Thursday 1 March on NITV at 8.30pm and on SBS on Sunday 4 March at 11pm. It will be on SBS Demand after that.
But Black Divaz is sure to be coming to a queer film festival near you soon.
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