GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GOR­GEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING

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(Brett Whit­comb, USA). 76 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Craft­ing an oral his­tory of the famed allfe­male GLOW wrestling or­ga­ni­za­tion (which only lasted from 1986 to 1990), Brett Whit­comb rev­els in the now nos­tal­gic 1980s Satur­day-af­ter­noon tele­vi­sion show’s big hair, skimpy out­fits and silly scripted rou­tines.

Told by the wrestlers who lived it, the story starts slowly thanks to lack of co­op­er­a­tion from the show’s cre­ator and di­rec­tor. Even­tu­ally, the anec­dotes add up to some­thing sweet and gen­uinely heart­felt that will ap­peal to the unini­ti­ated.

A word of warn­ing: GLOW also con­tains a graphic shot of one of the most hor­rific in­juries ever cap­tured on tape. Apr 27, 11: 30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 28, 1: 30 pm, ROM The­atre; May 5, 6: 30 pm, Re­gent. eos for Peter Gabriel and the Smash­ing Pump­kins be­fore win­ning Emmy awards for his work on Pee-wee’s Play­house. Then he went to Hol­ly­wood and lost it.

His story – fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with his bril­liant artist wife, Mimi Pond, Simp­sons guy Matt Groen­ing and Paul Reubens, plus tons of White’s ex­u­ber­ant cre­ations – makes for a vis­ually ar­rest­ing cau­tion­ary tale.

White him­self, who via word paint­ings fi­nally found a prac­tice that gives him se­ri­ous art cred, is fas­ci­nat­ing. And you’ll dig the in­sider’s view of Pee-wee’s Play­house. Apr 28, 6 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 29, 1: 30 pm, Is­abel Bader The­atre; May 6, 3: 30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema.

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