Leave It On The Floor
Dir.: Sheldon Larry | Canada, USA 2011 | 105 min
Somewhere between 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', John Waters and the TV phenomenon 'Glee' we find Sheldon Larry's unorthodox and graceful musical about the drag-centred ballroom scene in Los Angeles. And thank heaven that such places still exist. The young Brad is thrown out of his home the instant his mother finds out that he's homosexual. By accident, he is whirled into the vibrant, bizarre and insanely colourful ballroom dance world, inhabited by drag queens and transsexual misfits, and thanks to his good looks he is quickly spotted by his two rivals, Princess Eminence and Carter. In spite of its genre, the film is not afraid to confront many serious issues with its depiction of the fascinating subculture, but it is equally the 11 exuberant songs (from vaudeville to techno) that drives the narrative about love and acceptance. 'Leave It On The Floor' is an enchanting manifesto for diversity and an enamoured homage to L.A.'s unique ballroom scene. But first and foremost, it's a party - of the kind you won't want to miss.