Dream Girls


dir. Kim Longinotto&Jano Williams, 1993, 50 mins, Japanese with English subtitles

This award-winning film opens a door into the amazing world of the Takarazuka Revue, the all-female theatre troupe in Japan. Thousands of young women aspire to perform in the Revue’s glitzy musical spectaculars and the millions of women who attend the shows idolise the romantic heroes like heart throb pop starts. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the male-run Takarazuka Music School. The few who are accepted endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue, choosing male or female roles. Dream Girls offers a compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today.

Watch film for free here below
Thursday 25 June – Thursday 2 July

Get your ticket HERE for the live Q&A on Wednesday 1 July, 8pm.
(Pay what you can, with a minimum donation of £1.00).
Featuring guest speakers Kim Longinotto (director), ShayShay (drag artist) and Jennifer Coates (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield)

This film is part of the Queer Eyes programme, a collaboration between Fringe! Arts&Film Fest, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the RAI Film Festival. Look at the full programme here.

This screening is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.  Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk