Workhorse Queen

  • 1h 28m
  • Angela Washko
  • United States, Australia
  • 2021

By day, Ed Popil managed a telemarketing centre in post-industrial Rochester, New York. By night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, a 1960’s era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret. After seven years of auditioning to compete on the reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ed Popil was finally cast on the show and thrust into the international spotlight, at the age of 44.

The film explores the complexities of mainstream television’s impact on queer performance culture.

Throughout the film, Ed Popil navigates the exciting highs and devastating lows of pursuing fame. With one foot inching toward Hollywood’s doorstep and the other cemented firmly within her beloved Rochester community, Mrs. Kasha Davis finds a surprising new audience at home as she works toward becoming the queer role model for children that Ed didn’t have and desperately wanted while growing up.  

NZ PREMIERE

…Effortlessly entertaining, charmingly hilarious, and socially relevant in every frame.
Josiah Teal, Filmthreat.com  

Director

Angela Washko

Producer

Angela Washko

Language

English

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