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The Topp Twins: - Untouchable Girls

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2009

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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 award for favourite documentary at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

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.
– Director Leanne Pooley

Key Cast & Crew

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Lynda Topp

Subject

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Jools Topp

Subject

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Leanne Pooley

Director

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Arani Cuthbert

Producer

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Stefan Brough

Sound - Rerecording Mixer

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Jonathan Bruce

Sound Editor

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Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film CommissionNZ On Air and Sweeney Vesty

Music

Original Music written and performed by the Topp Twins, including opening song 'Untouchable Girls' and closing song 'Paradise'

'Nga Iwi E' composed by Sydney Hirini Melbourne

'My Pinto Pony and i' composed by Smiley Burnette

 

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