The Cockettes in July
Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of The Cockettes for 26th July 2004 with a retail price of £19.99. Emerging at the end of the ‘60s, 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 doing improv musicals before the midnight film at the Palace Theatre.
As their popularity grew, so did the number of performers and the flamboyance of the events, which continued into the early ‘70s, and they briefly counted Divine and pop diva, Sylvester as members. Eventually, they drifted apart or went solo, but their influence remained in the emerging glam rock acts of Bowie and the New York Dolls.
Directed by David Weismann and Bill Weber, The Cockettes is an affectionate, sometimes amusing, sometimes touching tribute to these cultural pioneers. They combine a mixture of archive footage with contemporary interviews with former Cockettes and celebrity fans like John Walters. It succeeds in recreating a nostalgic celebration of a past era, and firmly re-establishes these anarchic performers as innovating pioneers.
Presented in Dolby Digital and DTS
Special features include: interview with directors; additional scenes; trailer