The Drag Roast of Heklina

Director: Cheyenne Picardo
2018 | USA | 102m
GENRE: Comedy | Documentary | Drag | Local Interest/Subjects | Queer
SECTION: Documentary Features

Check your political correctness at the door and bring your finest, biggest wig for a raucous, no-holds-barred roast of one of San Francisco’s favorite larger-than-life drag personalities, the one and only Heklina—aka Stefan Grygelko, founder of the city’s longest-running drag show, Mother (formerly known as Trannyshack). Filmed live at the Castro Theatre earlier this year, The Drag Roast of Heklina offers you a front row seat and a chance to relive the madness, as Jackie Beat introduces a host of hysterical queens reading the beloved Heklina to filth. Gracing the stage with their ferocious claws out are comedian Julie Brown (Clueless), San Francisco faves Peaches Christ and Sister Roma, and RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Alaska Thunderfuck and Jinkx Monsoon—with a special appearance by Bob the Drag Queen (to break up all the white queens representing on stage, she said). With no topic off-limits, these queens lovingly and savagely take on everything from Heklina’s downloadable ringtones, her renowned preferred sexual proclivity, and her “unmistakable voice” (likened to a rather colorful image involving Oscar the Grouch and Bea Arthur).

After every queen has her turn at Heklina, the local legend (perhaps channeling the Icelandic volcano Hekla, for whom she is named) has the last booming laugh, reminding everyone who’s in charge as she cackles, “I made more money tonight than all you bitches!”

This film contains sexually explicit language and humor that would be considered offensive outside of a comedy roast.


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