A cult classic since its release in 1999, Jamie Babbit's feature debut is a hilarious coming of age film which takes a satirical look at the prevalence of US conversion camps.
Confident and opinionated, 17-year-old Megan (Nastasha Lyonne) is far too strong-willed for her unsuppportive parents, who begin to worry she is a lesbian. Their solution is to send Megan to 'True Directions' - a "rehabilitation camp" run by homophobic counselor Mary Brown. Soon Megan meets the equally defiant Graham and the two form a fast friendship. Ironically, the more time Megan spends at the camp, the more she begins to question just how fixed her sexuality really is.
Featuring early performances from Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black), Michelle Williams (Certain Women, Manchester By The Sea) and RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Because I'm A Cheerleader! is a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality and identity which remains relevant more than twenty years since its release.
This event will begin at 19:30 with a quiz led by Jo Kimber followed by a performance from artist and theatremaker Tom Marshman before watching the film. Fancy dress, loud outfits, and themed virtual backgrounds very welcome! Feel free to bring some tissue paper or toilet rolls to make some DIY pom poms, and a pen and paper for playing Trope Bingo during the film. Event led by Rebecca Ballard, Bristol Queer Vision.