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Synopsis

Part concept film, part biopic, part historical record and part comedy, Leanne Pooley’s documentary was made to mark the Topp Twins' 50th birthday. New Zealand's favourite comedic, country singing, dancing and yodeling lesbian twin sisters tell their personal story: from their "coming out" to Jools' brush with breast cancer. The film features archive material, home movies and interviews with the Topps' alter-egos. Alongside local box office success and dozens of international awards, Girls won the People’s Choice best doco gong at 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

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 Leanne Pooley
 Arani Cuthbert
 Roger Grant

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Quotes

The Topp Twins are New Zealand icons. They embody so much of what New Zealand has achieved in the last 30 years. They have walked along New Zealand as New Zealand grew up. Māori land rights. They were there. Feminism. They were there. 1981 Springbok Tour ... They were part of the anti-nuclear movement. The Twins have been part of New Zealand's history. So, in making a film about the Twins I've been given the chance to make a film about New Zealand. 
They're relatively shameless, and that's a good thing to be. And to know how far you're prepared to go and to know how far people are willing to go with you. 
Mum said, 'wait until your sister finds out!' And I said, 'you've got another thing coming Mum!' 

Awards

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival
'Best of the Fest' Program

2010 FIFO Documentary Film Festival
Special Jury Award

2010 Women's Film Festival Brattleboro (United States)
Best of Fest Award

2010 Miama Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Best Documentary

2010 21st Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
Award Award for Best Documentary

2010 Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Madelyn's Choice Award (named after late festival co-organiser Madelyn Osur)

2010 Newfest Film Festival (United States)
Best Documentary Film

2010 Inside Out Film Festival (Canada)
Best Documentary

2010 Reeling: 29th Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature

2010 Mendocino Film Festival (United States)
Best Documentary

2010 Portland International Film Festival (United States)
Audience Award for Best Documentary (shared with Arani Cuthbert)

2010 Seattle International Film Festival
Lena Sharpe Women in Cinema Award

2010 Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Audience Dragon Award for Best Feature (with Arani Cuthbert)

2010 Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best International Feature Film

2010 Nashville Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Best GLBT Film

2010 River Run Film Festival (United States)
Audience Award for Best Documentary

2010 Outfest Film Festival Los Angeles
Special Programming Award for Freedom

2009 Toronto International Film Festival
People's Choice Award for Best Documentary

2009 Melbourne International Film Festival
Audience Award for Most Popular Documentary

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Feature Film - Budget Under $1 Million

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Original Music in a Feature Film: for Jools and Lynda Topp