Monday, October 20, 2008

Duncan Fallowell to make Divine: The Movie!


I hear of an exciting rumour - me and my rumours! - that the acclaimed writer and movie actor Duncan Fallowell and actress Jenny Runacre are to make an avant garde film about Divine for the 21st anniversary of (Harris) Glenn Milstead's death next year (March 7) - Milstead was the lady herself. Apparently meetings have taken place and the film will be about 35 minutes long, very amusing but strange and dreamy, too.

The ghost of Divvie is plainly drawn to me. Regular readers of my blog will recall my visit to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore in June where I saw for the first time Andrew Logan's monster-sized statue of the silver screen's premier drag act, click here. In some ways it is more like Divine than Divine herself. She was a Libran (natch), just like Duncan, whom I owe a horoscope btw, and his (Divvie's) mummy is still alive as you'll see if you click the link.

I'm not quite sure how Duncan will deal with the shit-eating in Pink Flamingos so I'll ask him when I bump into him at the Groucho. But for Divvie, Hairspray would not have become the great franchise it's turning out to be (the sequel is in preparation); and John Travolta and the increasingly, er, "flamboyant" (doncha love the tabloid cunts?) Michael Ball would not now be celebrated Edna Turnblads of stage and screen (unrespectively).

Divvie owed everything to Dame Elizabeth Taylor whose beauty and incessant diva-dom tutored him-then-her in the dark arts of celebrity warfare and use of kohl.

45 comments:

drf said...

Dear Madame Arcati

Your tom-toms are very on the ball! We have the shit-eating in detail - from the horse's mouth.

with best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

Madame Arcati said...

I have impeccable sources. Perhaps Gordon Ramsay might help out on the culinary details.

Did you know that Shia LaBoeuf illiterately means "I shit out my beef?" What an interesting name for the star of the current and rather good eagle Eye. Perhaps he is a living hommage to Divvie. Who knows? Shia's granny was a lesbian beatnik, y'know.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't Gordon play Divine?

Madame Arcati said...

Certainly Gord has the build but maybe lacking in that old showbiz flam. Also his reputed enormous cock might be a problem on the credibility front.

Anonymous said...

How do you know the Prime Minister has an enormous cock?

Anonymous said...

It wasn't even human shit, it was dogshit, if i remember correctly. Isn't that illegal?

the late beverley nichols said...

Somethng tasty at last!

Madame Arcati said...

Re Gordon Brown's dingaling: Let's just say there were sightings in a certain gym of yore. Certain people talked of Barbar the Elephant in the room.

Re the dogshit: I have no idea. It's hard to imagine a legislature going to the bother of outlawing dogshit eating, though it's not something to be recommended.

lavinia said...

Really, it's too much. Just when one thought it safe to let out the dogs, this happens. Don't people have anything better to do with their time?

Anonymous said...

Oh this gross gross gross. but not as gross as Jonathan King.

Anonymous said...

35 minutes seems a bit short - is it a feature movie or a TV movie or some short thing that will be shown at some obscure film festival on the Isle of Wight? If Duncsy is planning 35 minutes why not make a feature length film too while he's about it. Is it a documentary? Seems to me Arcati knows fuck all.

Watcher said...

Fallowell has not been forgotten in New Zealand. We're watching.

Anonymous said...

What are they watching in New Zealand, their backs?

stella polari said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to `Mother`.

Hope you both enjoyed your duck.


BTW, how do you get your little pic onto your comments ?

Anonymous said...

Is it Madame Arcati's birthday too? Dark horse

Madame Arcati said...

No, it's not Madame Arcati's birthday. My official birthday is on July 4 and my biological one May 23 - like Joan Collins. I'm a double Gemini with my Moon in Pisces. We share the kind of unusual pulchritude that inpired the likes of Death In Venice. As a child, vicars' knees trembled in my chaste presence.

We all in Arcatiland are celebrating the birthday of "Mother", a shadowy figure who presides over the lives of those who must remain unmentionable. "Mother" is an omniscient, a noble creature.

Atheists like Christopher Hitchens and other fashionables ignore Her at their peril.

Anonymous said...

Oh THAT Mother. Very hands on

The late Mary Whitehouse said...

I have written to PETA and the RSPCA and NSPCC about the disgraceful content on this blog. An innocent child could wander into this madhouse and first be hit with Jonathan King and then dogshit eating. I have recommended prosecution.

the late beverley nichols said...

Hey, you, get offa ma cloud

Anonymous said...

What's PETA? Pets Anonymous, for people who can't get off their pets?

Anonymous said...

In the just published Oldie Annual 2009 there's an article by Duncan Fallowell about Duncan and a donkey. I'm beginning to have doubts about that guy.

Me Cheeta said...

There's a party round at my place Friday. Everyone welcome.

stella polari said...

What was the original subject of this posting? We`ve gone way off course with this one - no doubt all my fault.

P.s Gordon may very well have a mutant monster but bet you anything it`s cheesy.

Anonymous said...

what is Jenny Runacre up to? She was in Jubilee

Madame Arcati said...

Duncan - what's this about a donkey?
Me Cheeta - address for the RSVP?
Gordy's monster mutant - it's one for the old swingometer.
Jenny - Jubilee is Arcati's all-time fave movie and Adam Ant was never handsomer. I may post something on Jubilee.

stella polari said...

Far from being a prude, there are two films I have terminated viewing for being too shocking
1) Saló
2) Jubilee .... and funnily enough they are two of your fave films, MA. Is that saying something ?

I was a punk in my teens (can you believe that this suburban middle aged middle class rose-grower to be an ex-punk?) However, the scene where the guy started suffocating with a plastic bag over his head was too gratuitous for my liking. I was disturbed. That was before I discovered the pleasure of having a hand over one`s mouth and nose prior to orgasm - but best not go down that road/crescent.

Madame Arcati said...

The plastic bag scene is most delightful and is one of the high points. Once a something is attributed an artistic value you must forget the literal scene in front of you. Suffocation by plastic bag is a most - or was it plastic sheet?, I forget - eloquent comment on the need to cut down on plastic bag availability at your local dept store, as decreed by the Daily Mail.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear Jenny Runacre is still at it. What about Adam Ant? Dead?

the late Elizabeth Taylor said...

The Dame Elizabeth ref is a false eyelash too far

Duralex said...

<< Far from being a prude, there are two films I have terminated viewing for being too shocking
1) Saló
2) Jubilee .... >>

I never saw Jubilee, but I was very disappointed by Pasolini's Salo, because he was almost exclusively interested in representing Sade's boring pornography, whereas that author's sexual energy and genuine erotism lie entirely in his speech of social subversion.

Madame Arcati said...

Salo makes hard porn a metaphor for Nazism: both dehumanise. It's the most troubling of films because it risks eroticising the very thing it deplores. With Pasolini there is always that danger and therefore interest.

Duralex said...

<< Salo makes hard porn a metaphor for Nazism: both dehumanise. >>

Indeed. But if my memory serves me right, it was about Italian fascism, rather than Nazism.

<< It's the most troubling of films because it risks eroticising the very thing it deplores. >>

Well, if it risks, in my opinion it fails : there's nothing less erotic than this tiresome catalogue of perversions. Fortunately.

Madame Arcati said...

Salo is set in the last days of Italian fascism but I think it has a wider interest in fascism and Nazism as ideas.

drf said...

I think the equation between sexual perversion and fascism is dubious and says more about Pasolini's own hang-ups than anything else. He was a sado-masochist and a Marxist and personally I've always found Salo rather embarrassing and politically meaningless. There is something similarly phoney in, say, the writings of Michel Foucault. Many sado-masochists interpret the workings of society in reductionist terms of violence and guilt, blame and punishment, against which they sentimentally posit some world where no one is ever a sex object. This is a form of self-rejection since such a world has no interest for them.

Duncan Fallowell

Madame Arcati said...

Another way of putting it is that Pasolini put his S/M fixations to good use by reinventing them as a political fantasy: fascism and Nazism plainly resemble aspects of his sexual imaginings and he recognised this. That the making of the film may have given him a hard-on in the process shouldn't trouble us. It certainly never gave me one, so to speak. He was murdered shorly after the film was made. Many took him and his film very seriously.

Julie Burchill is most interested in you Duncan: she said "he's Bloomsbury isn't he?" I wasn't quite sure what she meant by that but I said "Yes, I guess."

drf said...

Well, I'll say one thing for Salo - it's more adventurous than anything Tom Cruise might be doing. A Sicilian friend of mine gave me a set of Fellini for my birthday. I remember Fellini with love but seeing the core films again I understand his greatness much more clearly. La Dolce Vita, Otto Mezzo, Amarcord, Roma - these films leave you feeling bigger, richer, happier, more intelligent. Fellini is a master humanist. Pasolini is rather small beside this. Julie Burchill is surprisingly sane.

Duncan

Anonymous said...

I think Pasolini's most compelling film is Theorem. It is also his least crude.

Madame Arcati said...

Pasolini is a very distant relative of mine. His gravestone in Casarsa - where my mother was born, a village celebrated in his poetry - bears the graffito, "Il diavolo" - the devil.

Anonymous said...

He was murdered by a young tough - like Robert Tewdr Moss and James Pope-Henessy and countless others. Beware

Madame Arcati said...

Pasolini was murdered by the Italian government via the agency of ragazzi trash; Tewdwr Moss by a couple of opportunists one of whom was regarded as a friend; Pope-Hennessy by rough trade he was entertaining at home. Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson has just lost her mother and brother at the likely hands of a vicious thug relative. I wonder what binds these and so many other tales beyond your own cheap and inaccurate implication?

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are many kinds of young tough

Duralex said...

<< Pasolini was murdered by the Italian government via the agency of ragazzi trash >>

Really ? Is this a serious charge, or only a rumor ?

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of Madame's tom-toms - it has to be a dancefloor classic

Madame Arcati said...

Pasolini - it's a virtual truth but not enough evidence to convict. Time passes, memory fades ....

Duralex said...

<< it's a virtual truth >>

Ah, I see, truth in the cyberspace, error everywhere else. :-)