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Tipping the Velvet

(TV Series on BBC)

Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Produced by Sally Head Productions, 2002
Distributed by BritBox

Dramatized from Sarah Waters’ acclaimed debut novel, “Tipping the Velvet” tells the story of Nancy Astley (Rachael Stirling), a young girl who works as cook and waitress in her Father’s seaside restaurant – that is until she witnesses the extraordinary performance of a new-to-town male impersonator – Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes) – and begins to undergo a complete life transformation. Suddenly whipped up – and quickly flung down – by her love affair with Kitty, she experiences both euphoria and deep disillusion as she embarks on a seven-year journey of self-discovery – finally realizing that a life of sensation just isn’t enough.



Virgin Machine

Directed by Monika Treut
Produced by Monika Treut, Hyena Films NDR, 1988
Distributed by First Run Features

Dorothee Müller is a young journalist from Hamburg. She is eager for love, but frustrated by her relationships with men such as Heinz and Bruno, and sets out to unlock the secret to romantic love professionally, as a journalist, interviewing people from different professions. Failing to find the answers she seeks, she flies off to San Francisco. There, she meets several extraordinary women, and continues her quest to figure out love by interviewing them: Ramona, the drag king (played by Shelly Mars); Dominique, a Hungarian bohemian type; and Susie Sexpert, who owns a collection of incredible dildos. Dorothee’s exploration leads her on a journey of self-exploration and adventure, and to new discoveries about her own sexuality.