Lipstick and Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling

Unclassified 18+
Ruth Leitman, 83 mins, USA, 2004, 35mm. Courtesy: Ruthless Films.

Lipstick and Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling
Lipstick and Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling
Enter the hidden world of women's pro wrestling in the '40s and '50s, with Ruth Leitman's rollicking documentary exploring the lives, rivalries and hardships of these extraordinary ladies.

From its roots in flea-pit halls, smoke-filled carny sideshows and rip-off promoters, women's wrestling exploded onto the scene, often taking top billing over their muscle-bound male counterparts.

Lipstick and Dynamite grabs you in a Figure 4 leg-lock and doesn't let go until the queens of the ring have had their say - and do they like to have their say!

The Fabulous Moolah, The Great Mae Young, Gladys "Killem" Gillem, Penny Banner and more get their final revenge as they take us on a very personal walk down this dimly lit alley of history and into the glorious cacophony of life in the ring.

Filled with rare and brilliant archival footage and surprising stories, these ladies haven't lost an ounce of their fighting edge.

"The uneasy, unnerving air of the carny hangs over this film, and it gives off a pungent whiff of how rough, rowdy and raucous, how inescapably down and dirty, these women's world could be" - LA Times
Dates   Fri 6 Apr 2012, 3.15pm

Sun 8 Apr 2012, 5.15pm

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