After a long and successful run on the festival circuit, Dennis Keighron-Foster and Amy Watson’s Deep In Vogue hits VOD today, and it’s a nice antidote to this depressing and club-free holiday season. The film, which originally premiered at BFI Flare in the UK and NewFest here in the States, explores the current ballroom scene in Northern England and serves as a tribute to all the local queens involved in making it a loving and inclusive mini-community.
Following a traditional format that weaves talking heads with rehearsal/competition footage, Deep in Vogue offers candid interviews with members of four different houses (The House of Decay, The House of Suarez, The House of Cards, The House of Ghetto) as they prepare for the Manchester ICONS Vogue Ball. Dancers provide insight into how ballroom culture has changed their lives – everything from giving one a sense of pride and belonging to helping combat racism. However, the subjects are far more intriguing than the film itself – it’s fun, informative, and means well, but Deep In Vogue suffers from a general lack of direction, and its 60 minute running time feels a bit brief. That’s fine though, because the music, the stories, the looks and especially the dancing are all totally fierce, and there’s really never a bad time to celebrate all the cunning, uniqueness, nerve, and talent our friends across the pond are serving.
Deep in Vogue is out today on VOD