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Carmen Television (Full Length) – 1989 Documentary LGBT

Carmen

Television (Full Length) – 1989 Documentary LGBT

PG Parental Guidance
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In more repressed times, Carmen was one of NZ's most colourful and controversial figures. Geoff Steven's doco traces the life story of the transgender icon who was born Trevor Rupe in Taumarunui in 1936 and went on to be a dancer, sex worker, madam, cafe owner — and one of the few non-MPs to appear before the Privileges Committee. Steven shines a light on a bygone era of gay culture but avoids the temptation to focus on the seedy — opting, instead, for extended fantasy sequences (featuring Neil Gudsell aka Mika) to illustrate key moments in Carmen's life.

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Geoff Steven

Director, Producer

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Maureen Price

Actor

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Chrissy Stevens

Actor

She used to come down Cuba Street looking like a Spanish galleon in full flight. Carmen always remained the most exotic thing in Wellington.
– Artist Graham Smith