“More fun than a possum up your trousers” is not the usual description of a Fairfield County event. However, when it comes to “Topp Twins the Movie – Untouchable Girls” this is a very apt description. The award-winning documentary film shares the story of New Zealanders Jools and Lynda Topp—the Topp Twins. It will be playing for the second time in Fairfield County on Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport, located at 10 Lyons Plains Road.
Actually, the first showing of this fun and phenomenal documentary was at the Wilton Library on Dec. 14, 2010. Megan Smith-Harris, director of that library’s ongoing New Perspectives documentary series, described the movie as being about the very popular yodeling lesbian twin sisters from New Zealand who created lovable comic characters for their New Zealand television series and also changed the political culture of their country. That’s no small feat.
Said Rozanne Gates, who attended that showing, “I went to see the movie, never in a million years imagining that in just two months on Feb. 12, 2011, Suzanne Sheridan and I would be in Auckland, New Zealand attending a live performance by the Topp Twins. But that’s what happened. After seeing the movie, I knew I had to meet Lynda and Jools Topp. They are a total inspiration and when you see the movie at the Unitarian Church in Westport (10 Lyons Plains Road) on Friday March 9 you will know why.”
The viewing of this film is part of the church’s ongoing film series, Reel Justice, and is sponsored by The Rainbow Task Force. This documentary film, “Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls,” is the first time that the extraordinary personal story of the Kiwi entertainment duo, Jools and Lynda Topp, has been told. The film offers a revealing look into their lives – they are comedians, country singers, dancing and yodeling lesbian twin sisters, and political activists.
Celebrating their 50th year of life, the Topp Twins have attained a unique status within New Zealand culture, and their fans range from hard-core political activists to sheep farmers and "ladies who lunch." Their ability to relate to all kinds of people, and their natural gift for humor, has helped them cross from the fringes to the mainstream. As well as rarely seen archival footage and home movies, the film features a series of special interviews with some of the Topp's infamous comedy alter-egos including candid chats with the two Kens, Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Bowling Ladies, and the Posh Socialite sisters, Prue and Dilly.