This season, Hull Independent Cinema’s Audience Choice Screening is a celebration of LGBTQ+ filmmakers and stories to mark Hull Pride. From a shortlist of suggestions from audiences and HIC team members, the winner of the public vote is late 90s cult classic BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER.
Megan considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn’t that crazy about him. So she’s stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham. Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham.
This coming-out comedy was underappreciated by audiences and critics alike on release but its impressive cast (Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul), neon aesthetic and its impact on a generation of young LGBTQ+ people has seen it gain cult classic status since.
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall and RuPaul
Certificate: 15 | Run time: 92 minutes | Director: Jamie Babbit | English language
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