Photo © New experimental film by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

While visiting her Auntie Holly, Darling enters a parallel, dream-like world, where a series of encounters with transfeminine figures (played by Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Flawless Sabrina) explore the complexity of identity politics, gender construction and the edification of affects amid a kaleidoscopic depiction of time and place.

She Gone Rogue functions like a lightning rod for queer cultural histories, channelling everything from the cinema of Todd Haynes and Maya Deren to the legendary transgender icons Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis and Flawless Sabrina, who all appear in the film. It could be argued that the film holds up a mirror to this complex set of histories and personas in order to release the protagonist, Darling, and allow her to “go rogue” and find her own path.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst’s collaborative short film She Gone Rogue (2012) explores and questions the process of identity construction as “Darling,” played by Drucker, encounters characters who illuminate moments in the history of transgender women. The film, screened as part of the 2014 Biennial, also stars legendary performers Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Flawless Sabrina.

 

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