I am Divine
Reviewed by Apr 12th, 2014

I am Divine was directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and largely crowd-funded (I donated, so my name is in the very end credits as a “shitkicker”). I was concerned it wouldn’t be much different than previous documentaries on Divine, but this one really does have a lot of nice older footage, interesting interviews, and information people may not have known about Divine.

It focuses on many different topics, such as his lack of friends growing up, his lifelong struggle with his weight, his desire to be known as a character actor who could play male as well as female parts. There are a lot of interviews with John Waters, Mink Stole, Holly Woodlawn, Tab Hunter. There are clips from John Waters’ early films like The Diane Linkletter Story and Eat Your Makeup.

There are also extensive interviews with Divine’s mother, Francis. She talks about his childhood doctor remarking on how “feminine” Glenn was, and how she told him to “forget he had a mother and father” when he finally came out as gay and told them he did drugs. Years later, they made up.

It also discusses his music albums, the plays he was in, and movies other than John Waters’ films, and how happy he was at the idea of getting some roles as men, such as a role in Married with Children, though he died the night before he was supposed to start filming. If you have any interest in Divine, I would recommend that you watch this.

"I'm a thief and a shitkicker, and, uh, I'd like to be famous." (My name in the credits.)

I am Divine can be purchased on DVD from Wolfe Video.

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