GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING
(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.