Behind the Make Up: “I think people need to realise that being a drag queen is a job – and it’s an artform. It’s painting a live canvas”

By Alana Roberts

‘Behind the Make Up’ is a short documentary based on two of Leeds’ premiere drag queens, Iva Bouqet and Uma Daze, created by four final year ‘Film and Media Production’ students at Sheffield Hallam University.

The documentary follows the young, international drag queen duo who follow their passion as a full time career despite the stigma attached to it.

The team consists of Emily Spokes, Hannah Grencis, Sarah Cooper and Oliver Guy who each take up different roles in the production:

  • Emily – Director
  • Hannah – Producer
  • Sarah – Cinematographer
  • Oliver – Sound recording and design

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The teams aim along with the drag queens is to allow people to see behind closed doors and see the real people behind the makeup.

This is a “personal, light hearted documentary that celebrates drag as an art form, whilst uncovering the psychology behind a performance many still see as “just a bit of fun” according to Sarah.

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“As well as discussing the reasons behind why they do their job we also explore the misconceptions they often deal with as well as trying to change those very theories,” says Emily.

“It wasn’t a thing we saw too much of, so we thought it would be good to shed light on it,” says Hannah.

But it hasn’t been plain sailing for the team, as Oliver says “We’ve had too many problems to count.. but we’re really happy with the outcome.”

Initially the group wanted to focus on the life of a transgender teen, but due to unforeseen circumstances he had to pull out of the project.

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A few behind the scenes shots from the documentary (courtesy of the team themselves)

Thankfully, Scott Alexander Peckover aka Uma Daze and Tim Davidson aka Iva Bouquet saved the day and gave access all areas which is bound to make an interesting watch.

The documentary premieres on the 4th May 2016 at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.

To find out more and to keep up to date you can follow the team on twitter.

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