Director: Leanne Pooley
Documentary Feature: 2009 [New Zealand] English 84 minutes
Screening: February 13, 12pm, Altschul Auditorium, Barnard College
Synopsis: Pride of New Zealand, the Topp Twins, Jools and Lynda were once merely farm girls in love with riding horses. Soon, their energetic talent, political savvy and concern, harmonizing vocals and melodies, and campy Kiwi theatrics were bound to find an audience outside their home on the range. A hit TV show followed, an international tour was next, and soon the girls were lassoing their messages of love and equality to issues as broad as apartheid and nuclear disarmament. The passage of a successful homosexual rights reform bill in New Zealand’s Parliament certainly deserves a big nod to the tireless efforts of the Topps. With great affection and admiration, director Leanne Pooley reveals the true heart of this inseparable sibling duo through charming home movie footage and seriously funny interviews. Woven among the exuberant hilarity is an amazing musical showcase of the Topp’s acoustic country songs (they were inducted into New Zealand’s Music Hall of Fame in 2008), beautiful double vocal harmonies, and yes indeedy, some mighty masterful mellifluent yodeling. Now that’s entertainment.