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Maisie

Followed by Q&A with director Lee Cooper and special guests.

In Lee Cooper’s debut documentary feature, we follow ‘Maisie Trollette’, alter-ego of Britain’s oldest Drag Artist David Raven, whose 85th birthday is fast approaching. A special grand performance in his hometown of Brighton has been arranged with an 87-year-old American rival, the oldest performing Drag Queen in the world, jetting in to join the fun. While there is seaside sauciness served up in abundance, a more private side is also revealed through conversations between David and his friends at home, recalling a colourful life full of ups and downs. The tragic loss of Raven’s life partner to AIDS, is a harsh reminder of the pain inflicted on a generation. David must also deal with the challenges of performing in his eighties including battling with Alzheimer’s. Brighton and its proud LGBTQ+ community are of course inextricably linked; over time, we have seen Drag evolve and adapt, but here we can revel in these Queens from a specific time and place.