Archive for June, 2010

Frameline Audience Award 29/06/10

The Topp Twins at the Castro | Credit: Steven Underhill

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls has won the Audience Award for Documentary at the Frameline Film Festival Awards in San Francisco.

The audience in the beautiful Castro Theatre cheered and stomped at the film’s screening which we were told was a good sign…and a good sign it turned out to be! If you weren’t there you can pretend you were in the audience by reliving it through this video of Jools & Lynda singing Untouchable Girls!

Lynda & Jools at Frameline34 | Credit: Frameline Film Festival

Leanne Pooley, Lynda, Jennifer Morris, Jools & Arani Cuthbert | Credit: Ana Grillo

Lynda & Jools on stage at Frameline | Credit: Ana Grillo

The Frameline Audience | Credit: Ana Grillo

Read the reviews from Frameline:

Something for everyone at Frameline34 Film Fest | San Francisco Chronicle | David Wiegand
Love stories, politics, yodeling and more: Frameline34 short takes | San Francisco Bay Guardian | Cheryl Eddy

Topp Twins in the BIG Apple 21/06/10

Pics and videos now in!

The Topp Twins attended the screening at NewFest in New York where they won Best Documentary. TVNZ’s Close Up team were there to catch up with them. Watch the video and see the photos below:

Lynda & Jools Topp at NewFest Film Festival | Credit: NewFest

Lynda & Jools perform at NewFest Film Festival | Credit: NewFest

Lynda & Jools perform at NewFest Film Festival | Credit: NewFest

Lynda & Jools perform at the NewFest Film Festival | Credit: NewFest

Jools performing at NewFest Film Festival | Credit: NewFest

The NewFest crowd up on their feet! | Credit: NewFest

Alley on the Topp Twins 18/06/10

Why does it take really cool things forever to be on U.S. radars? We’ve certainly been missing the boat by not recognizing the amazing comedic and musical genius of lesbian New Zealanders the Topp Twins. Hopefully the release of their new documentary, Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls will remedy that as it tours the states at upcoming festivals including The Newfest in NYC on June 10, the Provincetown Film Festival in Massachusetts on the 17 and 18, and the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival on the 20.

Read the full article written by Alley Hector at AfterEllen.com.


Topps at the GLAAD Awards 15/06/10

On the 5 June 2010 the Topp Twins and Arani Cuthbert attended the GLAAD Awards as The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls was a finalist for Outstanding Documentary. The film did not go onto win (the Award was won by the documentary Ask Not) but the Topp Twins got to meet and pose with Jai Rodriguez of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame!

Lynda & Jools Topp at the GLAAD Awards | Credit: Diva Films

Lynda & Jools talk with Jai Rodriguez | Credit: Diva Films

Lynda, Jools and Jai Rodriguez at the GLAAD Awards | Credit: Diva Films

Best of SIFF 2010 14/06/10

We blogged about screening in Seattle a few weeks ago but the film has just been awarded the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision.

Fledgling filmmaker, co-founder of Seattle’s original Festival of Films by Women Directors, and former KCTS staffer Lena Sharpe was working on a film in Washington State when her plane crashed, tragically killing everyone aboard. In tribute to her efforts in bringing the work of women filmmakers to prominence locally, this special award is given to the film by a woman director that receives very high votes from the public in the balloting for the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards.

The film was also the First Runner Up for the Best Documentary Golden Space Needle Award.

The film will screen one more time at the SIFF Best of Fest Weekend:
19 June 2010 | 11.00am | SIFF Cinema

Thank you SIFF!

Jury prize at Newfest Film Festival, New York 13/06/10

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls has won the jury prize for Best Documentary at the Newfest Film Festival in New York. Woohoo!

Fellow New York based Kiwi Gemma Gracewood has written a wonderful account of the Newfest screening on her blog.

“I just bloody love the Topp Twins. I love their honesty, their swift quips and their, well, what’s the opposite of subersive humour? Because their dirtiest secret is that they’re not subversive. They are, and always have been, front and centre in their beliefs, causes and intention.” (Gemma Gracewood, Too Much Personality)

Topp Twins play Portland 10/06/10

The Topp Twins and Arani travelled to Portland to attend the screening of The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls at the Q Doc Film Festival . . .

Clinton Theater | Credit: Q Doc

Lynda & Jools with Russ Gage, Q Doc Co-Director, at the Savoy | Credit: Q Doc

Arani talks with David Weissman, QDoc Co-Director, at the Savoy | Credit: Q Doc

. . . then two nights later the Topp Twins played to a full house at the Mission Theater.

The Ginghams perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Q Doc

The Ginghams perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Z Doc

The Topp Twins perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Q Doc

Read the lovely review written by Alley Hector at qPDX.com.

“Somehow the Topp Twins truly encompass a universal message of love, peace, and environmental activism that is refreshing and energizing. I’d elect them president and put them in charge of the BP oil spill if I could. But I’m a little smitten…”
(Topp Twins Live Review, Alley Hector, qPDX.com)

Read our review in New York Time Out 09/06/10

For those of you in New York or with friends in New York the film is screening at the Newfest Film Festival with The Topp Twins and Arani Cuthbert in attendance!

10 June 2010 | 7.30pm | SVA Theater 1 | The Topp Twins and Arani Cuthbert in attendance

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls review in Time Out

A ‘Best’ from Mendocino 08/06/10

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls has been awarded the Best Documentary Award at the Mendocino Film Festival.

Arani and the twins attended the festival and according to the Mendocino Film Festival on Twitter, “The Topp Twins were treated like the ROCKSTARS they are at the Mendocino Cafe last night! This town is so great…”

Lynda & Jools performing in Mendocino | Credit: John Birchard

Lynda & Jools perform in Mendocino | Credit: John Birchard

Lynda & Jools at the Mendocino Film Festival | Credit: John Birchard

Lynda & Jools with Ronnie Gilbert and fans of the Mendocino FIlm Festival | Credit: John Birchard

Lynda & Jools with Ronnie Gilbert | Credit: John Birchard

Best Documentary at Inside Out 02/06/10

The 20th annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival wrapped up on Sunday night and honoured the best of the fest. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls received the Elle Flanders Award for Best Documentary Film. Thank you Toronto! Again!

Watch Elvira Kurt interview the twins and Leanne Pooley in Toronto when they attended the Toronto International Film Festival last year:

Read reviews from the festival:
Inside Out 2010: Topp Twins, Movie Moxie
Review: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Toronto Film Scene, Pam Fossen
New Zealand’s singing, yodelling lesbian twins star in hit doc, The Star, Linda Barnard
Topp Twins, NOW Magazine, Glenn Sumi