Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Resistance is futile. Don’t even try not falling for these adorable twin lesbian political-activist farmer/folksinger/comedians from New Zealand. “On paper, they should not work,” says one talking head in the documentary The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (screening as part of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which continues through Sunday). Jools and Lynda Topp sing like the Everly Brothers, look like kd lang (in plaid flannel), crusade like Joan Baez, and bring to life onstage a flock of campily satirical, Little Britain-style characters—when they’re not working their family farm. Some of those characters, like drag-king everyguys Ken & Ken or socialites Dilly and Prue Ramsbottom, sometimes take over, appearing at county fairs and charity teas and fooling people who might not know the Topps’ shtick. If NZ’s a reasonably gay-friendly country now, it was a hard-won battle. Part of the victory is due to the Topps, on the ramparts for decades, and their “healthy, rural, cheerful cowgirl image.” A gay who can wrangle sheep is a gay every Kiwi can relate to. (NR) GAVIN BORCHERT

Thu., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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