Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PEACHES DOES HERSELF: Director profile: Peaches

Would you believe that Peaches Does Herself is not the first film from the Toronto-born singer/songwriter/musician/performance artist/force of nature known as Peaches?

True to her gender-busting and genre-bending nature, Peaches wrote, directed, and starred in a Super-8 "bike porn" film called Chromosome XXX. Although much of her career has been theatrical, in both the visual and aural sense, it wasn't until 2010 that she took her act from the rock stage to the rock opera stage with a one-woman reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, christened (what else?) Peaches Christ Superstar.

Yes, you read that right. Peaches played all the characters and sang all the songs, accompanied only on piano played by her frequent collaborator, Chilly Gonzales.

If that wasn't enough of a career-defining accomplishment, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of her album The Teaches Of Peaches, she then embarked on a new theatrical production, Peaches Does Herself, transitioning from playing all the roles herself to gathering a full cast and crew for an epic stage presentation spanning her entire career and incorporating twenty of her songs.

"Peaches Does Herself," swooned Expatriarch, "is a balls-out extravagasmic stage production: Half send-up of Mamma Mia!-style pop musicals and half rock concert."

Now this rollicking, raunchy extravaganza has been transformed further into a concert movie of the same name that will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The title might be a pun on Debbie Does Dallas as well as self-love, but it's also a statement of purpose: No one can do Peaches better than Peaches herself. Peaches Does Herself is a must-see movie!

Thur., Sept. 13th, BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA  9:00PM
Sat., Sept. 15th, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 4  3:15PM
Sun., Sept. 16th, JACKMAN HALL (AGO)  4:00PM

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