Zodiac Film Club presents: But I'm a Cheerleader

92 mins

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For our second ‘outing’ at The Castle Cinema, Zodiac Film Club are pleased to present Jamie Babbit’s cult queer flick But I’m a Cheerleader (2001). When her vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge fandom lead her parents to suspect she’s a lesbian, cheerleader Megan (Natasha Lyonne) finds herself enrolled for the summer at True Directions - a gay ‘rehabilitation’ camp.

Babbit used satirical silliness, a sick, saturated aesthetic and a cameo from Ru Paul to poke fun at the supremely unfunny world of gay conversion therapy more than a decade before other filmmakers began looking at the issue. The critics hated it but in recent years it’s become a latent hit and a Zodiac favourite.

Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.

Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams
Jamie Babbit