Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls(2009)
Kiwi entertainment's most irrepressible double act comes to the big screen in Leanne Pooley's documentary - offering a revealing look into the lives of the world's only yodelling lesbian twin country-and-western singers.... More
Doco uses the Twins' archive of home movies and performance footage, talks in depth to the girls themselves and also their alter egos: Ken and Ken, Camp Mother and Camp Leader, and Prue and Dilly. But this a bigger story, not just charting the career of the two sisters but also the 25 years of seismic social change that accompanied it, as the country struggled to find its national identity.
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You often hear how one of the most important things about local films is getting our stories up on screen. If that is truly one of the main factors in determining the cultural worth of New Zealand’s cinematic output, then this documentary is amongst the elite.... More
What at first appears to be a celebrity biopic soon branches out to be a travelogue of the defining moments in this country’s recent history. It never descends into a dry classroom lesson – a testament to the charismatic presence of the Twins themselves. They have a rare talent for accentuating the comic elements of any given situation, no matter how serious they may first appear.
Likeable mockumentary segments, in which the Twins discuss themselves via various characters, are structured around a recent concert performance that is a brief history of their own lives and a tribute to those who have impacted upon it. The country and western nature of the songs might leave some cold but the way they hold the audience in the palms of their hands is a joy to behold. Like the film itself, it’s a great mix of laughter and heartfelt emotion.Hide
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Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
My husband and I went to see the film on the strength of their live performance, and we weren't disappointed. It was nothing like their live show, but more of a history of their lives. We learned a lot about them and about New Zealand's recent history, and were thoroughly... More entertained along the way. We laughed, we felt sad, and we were unfailing impressed. Despite not "getting" any of the references to characters that the twins have played in the past, because I never saw those characters before, I recommend this film to anybody, not just to people from New Zealand.Hide
I'm looking for objective movie reviews, and found these that rave about NZ national pride without giving any information on what the movie's about, so I'm wondering if it will be as good for an Australian audience? Guess I'll have to look elsewhere for an objective review and to decide if I want to see the movie.
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