Kinky Boots (film)

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This article is about the 2005 film. For its musical adaption, see Kinky Boots (musical).
Kinky Boots
A long thigh-high red boot, fills the foreground on the left, three people stand in the distance on the back right
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Julian Jarrold
Produced by Suzanne Mackie
Nick Barton
Peter Ettedgui
Mairi Brett
Written by Geoff Deane
Tim Firth
Starring Joel Edgerton
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Sarah-Jane Potts
Nick Frost
Music by Adrian Johnston
Cinematography Eigil Bryld
Edited by Emma E. Hickox
Production
  company
BBC Films
Distributed by Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 7, 2005 (2005-10-07) (United Kingdom)
  • April 14, 2006 (2006-04-14) (United States)
Running time 106 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Box office $9,950,133[2]

Kinky Boots is a 2005 British-American comedy-drama film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and directed by Julian Jarrold. Based on a true story, the movie tells of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straitlaced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business. Charlie develops a plan to produce custom footwear for drag queens, rather than the men's dress shoes that his firm is known for, and in the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

Plot[edit]

A cold young child on a pier puts on thick high heeled red shoes with bows when it seems the coast is clear and starts dancing. An older man chides him when seen through a window. Simultaneously, a young boy more interested in football (soccer) is being explained the value of shoes and the family livelihood as shoemakers.

The film cuts to present day, where Charlie Price, the young shoe factory boy now adult, is attempting to save the sinking family shoe factory since his father has died. Lauren, before storming out the door after being made redundant, gives Charlie the idea of looking for a niche market product to save the business.

Charlie encounters a woman harassed by drunken hoodlums while on a London business trip and intervenes to his detriment. He wakes up back stage, in the dressing room of Lola, a sassy drag queen performer and alter ego of Simon (the pier boy). Charlie is intrigued when he sees that drag queens' heels snap easily since they have only women's shoes to wear rather than those that carry the weight of men.

Lauren returns and they promise to make 'sex is in the heel' boots for Lola. Charlie realises the potential of the male transvestite market under the styling direction of Lola and they attempt to convince the workers to prepare samples for the upcoming Milan catwalk. Focus is lost: Charlie's fiancée leaves him, finding how he finances the rescue and he will not sell the company; male employees have disdain for the idea; and the pressure to make Milan catwalk quality shoes overworks the employees, who quit. Although disheartened, Lola turns her chief opponent.

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

An episode of BBC2 documentary series Trouble at the Top, broadcast on 24 February 1999, inspired the film [3] the former featured Steve Pateman struggling with possible closure of W.J. Brooks Ltd, a family-controlled Earls Barton, Northamptonshire shoe factory, that soon catered to the male market for fetish footwear under the "Divine" brand.[4][5][6]

Release[edit]

Critical response [edit]

The film received mixed reviews on release, with critics decrying the "formulaic Britcom plot". Critics aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a combined rating of 57% based on 107 reviews.[7]

Box office[edit]

The film earned a total of $9,941,428 internationally.[2]

Awards[edit]

Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Musical adaptation[edit]

A stage musical adaptation of the same name Kinky Boots debuted on Broadway in April 2013, following an out-of-town try-out at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago; Cyndi Lauper, music and lyrics; and Harvey Fierstein, co-wrote book.[8] Director Jerry Mitchell is also the choreographer.[9]

The Chicago cast included: Billy Porter and Stark Sands.[10] At the 67th Tony Awards (2013) won six Tony Awards, including Tony Award for Best Original Score (Lauper, first sole female winner), Best Actor (Porter) and Best Musical.[11]

See also[edit]

References [edit]

  1. ^ "KINKY BOOTS (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b Kinky Boots (2006) at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Dowd, Vincent (2013-06-18). "BBC News - Kinky Boots inspiration comes out of the shadows". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ "BBC Two - Trouble at the Top, Series 3, Kinky Boot Factory". Bbc.co.uk. 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Trouble at the Top: Season 3, Episode 1 : The Kinky Boot Factory (24 Feb. 1999)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  6. ^ "The real story behind those kinky boots - Northampton Chronicle and Echo". Northamptonchron.co.uk. 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Kinky Boots Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Kinky Boots Musical Will Kick It Up in Chicago in October, Prior to Broadway". Playbill.com, February 22, 2012
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2008-07-08). "Kinky Boots, the Musical, Walking Toward Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  10. ^ Jones, Chris. "'Kinky Boots' announces full cast". ChicagoTribune.com, June 28, 2012
  11. ^ Purcell, Carey (June 9, 2013). "Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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