Bearded Ladies: The Photography of Rosamond Norbury

Directed by Sharon McGowan / 2015 / Canada / 53 min

“We’re so used to carrying ourselves … day to day, and then all of sudden, you’re put in this position, you’re not used to … It’s a reveal, and a whole different experience.”       -Rosamond Norbury

“A wonderful film about the life and work of Rosamond Norbury, a renowned West Coast photographer, … gave me, for the first time in my adult life … the surprising sense that it might after all be fun to act like a man.”  – Stephen Osborne, GEIST

“Norbury shifts the phallocentric culture of photography to an unknown place, or in her words: into a “surprise that unfolds in front of me.'” -Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2016

Vancouver director Sharon McGowan follows the fascinating work of Rosamond Norbury, a  photographer whose diverse corpus includes black and white nudes, homoerotic cowboys, and other edgy gender-bending projects. The film covers Norbury’s photographic study of drag queens during their pre-performance rituals of costuming and applying make-up to take on new personas. Her latest project flips the process of “dressing up” and further examines gender play and performance by transforming several women into their imagined male counterparts. At times humorous and philosophical, this film offers an intimate look at people and their complex and multifaceted identities.

Followed by a Q&A with photographer Rosamond Norbury.

Community Partner: North Island Pride

Watch the trailer for Bearded Ladies here


Bearded Ladies received the award for Best Canadian Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival 2016 in Toronto.

This feature documentary will be preceded by two short films.

Queer Habits is about the humanitarian efforts of a group of drag queens inspired by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their remarkable contribution to a local community in California. This film is directed by Drew Denny.

The second featured short, Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits follows the experience of Duane Stewart, a “two spirit” youth from the Hais’la and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in BC. Regalia is directed by Love Intersections, a film production group located in Vancouver.



Please note that viewer discretion is advised as this screening schedule contains mature content as well as nude and sexual photographs.



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