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Saturday 06 August 2022

Maisie: New Film About Britain's Oldest Performing Drag Artist Brighton's Very Own Maisie Trollete AKA David Raven

After fifty long years in the business, Mr. David Raven is still shaking his sequins as Maisie Trollette, Britain's oldest working drag artiste.
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At 87, Walter Cole is The Guinness Book Of Records Oldest Performing Drag Queen in the World and he is flying over from Portland, USA to meet David for the very first time.

But professional rivalries soon flare between Britain's feisty Pantomime Dame and America's regal Pageant Queen, and as his birthday grows nearer David must deal with the unique challenges that performing in your eighties can bring.

David has recently been diagnosed with health issues, and the surprise birthday event only adds to his growing anxiety.

Maisie | Official UK Trailer

But ever the professional, Maisie gives the performance of a lifetime as she looks back on half-a-century of entertaining.

Featuring appearances from some of the UK's leading drag figures including Paul O'Grady, Miss Jason and Dave Lynn, Maisie is a hilarious, heart-warming and often heart-breaking peek into the world of a character more colourful than his gowns.

Director Lee Cooper's Maisie was awarded Best Documentary by the Dublin Film Critics Circle 2022, and has screened to acclaim at film festivals including Sheffield Doc Fest, Dublin International Film Festival, Cinecity Brighton Film Festival.

Bohemia Media presents Maisie in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Bohemia Euphoria 5th August 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




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