Wigstock: The Movie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wigstock: The Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Shils
Produced byDean Silvers
Marlen Hecht
Edited byTod Scott Brody
Music byRobert Reale
Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date
June 9, 1995
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wigstock: The Movie is a 1995 documentary film focusing on Wigstock, the annual drag music festival that had been held New York City's East Village through the 1980s and 1990s. The film presents a number of performances from the 1994 festival, including Crystal Waters, Deee-Lite, Jackie Beat, Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery, Joey Arias, Freddie Pendavis, and the Dueling Bankheads. The film also captures a performance by RuPaul at the height of his mainstream fame during the 1990s.[1]

The film also goes behind the scenes, examining the rehearsal process of a number of the performers including Lypsinka and the "Wigstock Dancers." Members of the crew assembling the stage and attendees are interviewed about their experiences at the festival and some of the performers give interviews about the importance of drag and transgressive gender expression in their lives. One memorable moment features Wigstock MC Lady Bunny on the telephone with a city representative inquiring about the possibility of placing a wig on the Statue of Liberty.


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 77% based on reviews from 13 critics.[2]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 2 out of 4, and wrote: "This movie puts a safe, public face on people who surely cannot be as conventional as they appear here."[1][3][4][5]


Wigstock: The Movie
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
GenrePop, Dance
LengthApproximately 75 minutes.
LabelSire Records
ProducerVarious producers

A soundtrack album for the film, featuring many of the performers included in the film, was released in 1995. In addition to the performances the CD includes comments delivered from the stage by Lady Bunny.

Song listing[edit]

  1. Lady Bunny - "Calling Lady Liberty"
  2. Lady Miss Kier - "Touch Me with Your Sunshine"
  3. Erasure - "Cold Summer's Day"
  4. Crystal Waters - "100% Pure Love"
  5. NYG's - "The Real Thing"
  6. Lady Bunny - "Mother Nature Must Be a Drag Queen"
  7. Tabboo! - "It's Natural"
  8. Jackie Beat - "Kiss My Ass"
  9. Lady Bunny - "Intros RuPaul"
  10. RuPaul - "Monologue"
  11. RuPaul - "Free to Be"
  12. Billie Ray Martin - "Space Oasis"
  13. Chic - "Chic Cheer"
  14. Mistress Formika - "Fight for Your Right (to Be Queer)"
  15. Nancy Boy - "All That Glitters (Come Out Come Out)"
  16. Lady Bunny - "Lady Bunny Intros Joey Arias"
  17. Joey Arias - "Them There Eyes"
  18. Lady Bunny - "Speaks Out"
  19. Donna Giles with David Morales - "Gimme Luv"
  20. Loveland - "Hope (Never Give Up)"
  21. Jon of the Pleased Wimmin - "Passion"
  22. Marc Almond - "What Makes a Man a Man"
  23. Deee-Lite - "Somebody"
  24. Lady Bunny - "Thanks for Coming"

Home media[edit]

Wigstock: The Movie was released on Region 1 DVD on June 30, 2003.

1987 film[edit]

In 1987, filmmaker Tom Rubnitz filmed a 20-minute documentary, also titled Wigstock: The Movie. The short played the gay and lesbian film festival circuit in 1998. The title sequence of the 1995 Goldwyn film is cut from footage from the 1987 Rubnitz film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (June 30, 1995). "Wigstock: The Movie Movie Review (1995)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Wigstock: The Movie (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  3. ^ James, Caryn (9 June 1995). "FILM REVIEW; Eyelashes Sufficient To Be Wigs (Published 1995)". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Lisa Schwarzbaum (June 23, 1995). "Wigstock: The Movie". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Desson Howe (July 23, 1995). "Wigstock (NR)". Washington Post.

External links[edit]