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The Topp Twins

THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS

Directed by Leanne Pooley
New Zealand, 2009, 84 minutes

http://www.topptwins.com

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REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

" A glowing, galopping tribute"
- Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Imagine a cross between the Indigo Girls and the Smothers Brothers, and you’d have the Topp Twins, New Zealand’s finest yodeling country-western-and-comedy lesbian sibling duo."
- Nick Schager, TIME OUT NEW YORK

"An irrepressible sense of fun."
- Melissa Anderson, VILLAGE VOICE

"A blast of fun with a Kiwi sensibility and an activist beat"
- Anita Katz, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

" A genuinely feel-good movie"
-Andrea Gronvall, TIME OUT CHICAGO

"Hang onto your hats and get ready to laugh—hard"
Merryn Johnes, CURVE MAGAZINE

"A moving and inspiring true story."
-Kat Long, GO MAGAZINE

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SYNOPSIS

Winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 ‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons.

 

REVIEWS

“ […] intimate, surprisingly touching tale of two loving, talented siblings. […] a funny and soulful portrait that’s bound to make you a fan”.
TIME OUT NEW YORK

“ […] Astonishing activist history. […] The Topps are pure joy.
- Chuck Wilson, LA WEEKLY

" A love letter to New Zealand"
- Chad Jones, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, Feature

“ […] Inspiring, […] will surely earn them scores of new stateside fans”.
- Cheryl Eddy, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

"it’s so darn fun to spend time with the likable stars of “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.”
- Bill Stamets, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"The Topps emerge as ideal spokespeople"
- Ben Sachs, CHICAGO READER

"Resistance is futile. Don't even try not falling for these adorable twin lesbian political-activist farmer/folksinger/comedians"
-Gavin Borchert, SEATTLE WEEKLY

"Not only will the duo's yodeling linger in your mind — so will their high spirits"
-Betsy Sherman, BOSTON PHOENIX

“Highly enjoyable”
- Pam Fossen, TORONTO FILM SCENE

"A real crowd-pleaser"
-Robert Horton. THE HERALD

“Mandatory Lesbian Viewing” “Entertaining and informative […] a cultural, historical and political marker”
-Stephanie Schroeder, LESBIAN LIFE

“This award-winning documentary has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you’ve never met”.
Screen International

“Fascinating and powerful”
-Rebekah Allen, SHEWIRED

“A well-made, enormously funny piece of filmmaking. It’s near on impossible to watch without falling for the twins’ infectious sense of fun"
- Danielle Riendeau, AFTER ELLEN

“Their joy and songs will make you want to get up and dance”
-Chris Adamcik, BAY WINDOWS

"This is the rare documentary that actually does indeed inspire, uplift and entertain."
TV/FILM/BROADWAY SOUNDOFF

“A phenomenon you won't want to pass up”.
Christine Champ, FILM.COM

“A pure burst of inspiration”
Sara Michelle Fetters, SEATTLE GAY NEWS

"a touching and quietly meaningful story"
- Mike Scott, THE TIMES - PICAYUNE

"energetic, endearing, hilarious and heartwarming"
-Steve Cruz, OutFront Colorado

"Powerful"
- Stephanie McKay, The StarPhoenix

 

 


Cadillac People’s Choice Award – Documentary
Toronto International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
newfest FILM FESTIVAL
Special Programming Award for Freedom
Outfest film festival
Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision
Seattle Film Festival
Audience Award – Documentary
Melbourne International FILM FESTIVAL
Audience Dragon Award – Best Feature Film
Gothenburg International festival
Best GLBT Film
Nashville Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
Portland FILM FESTIVAL




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Jools & Lynda Topp in person! May 13 & 14 : 7pm & 9:15pm shows.

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