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Workhorse Queen

classified 18 (CTBA)

Queer Vision 2022


Thu 1 Jan 1970 01:00

Angela Washko
Roy Haylock, Patrick Holt, Simone Ioffe
98 mins, 2021, USA

For 18 years by day Ed Popil worked as a telemarketer in Rochester, New York and by night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, a 1960's era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret - all in homage to Ed's mother.

After seven years of auditioning to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race, Popil was finally cast on the TV show and thrust into a full-time entertainment career at the age of 44.

Workhorse Queen explores the complexities of reality television's impact on queer performance culture by focusing on the growing divide between members of a small town drag community - those who have been on television, and those who have not.