A new documentary about Australia’s first Indigenous drag queen pageant is set to hit the screens in 2018.
Black Divaz follows the inaugural Miss First Nations pageant held in Darwin last month.
Six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island drag queens from across Australia competed for five days. They battled it out in challenges, lip sync battles and talent shows.
Taking viewers behind-the-scenes, Black Divaz will focus on the personal stories of three of the contestants.
They travel to their hometowns to reveal the challenges, heartbreaks and triumphs that have made them who they are.
Drag Queens: the new role model
Black Divaz’s director, Adrian Russell Wills (Wentworth), wanted to share the often untold stories of LGBTI Indigenous people.
‘Black Divaz gives our mob a whole new kind of role model, only instead of running for Olympic gold, singing in a music video, or acting on the big or small screen, these role models perform in heels, glitter and huge wigs,’ he said.
‘My reason for making this film is because I feel that in our communities we still haven’t really had the conversation about homophobia and acceptance of our LGBTQI+ family members.
‘Too many of our youth still take their lives due to the shame and fear of rejection because of who they really are. In our film our extraordinary characters give us their stories, their humour, their sisterhood and their hearts, all in a beautiful truth.’
Funding from Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Create NSW will help get Black Divaz made on air next year.