How many working class Balmain boys grow up to be showgirls? Not just any showgirl but a household name: a legend of Kings Cross, a daytime TV star, and a symbol of generational change. While many know her face, few have heard the real story of Australias most famous transsexual performer. Until now.
Long before Australians knew what transsexual meant, Carlotta was pushing the boundaries of gender and sexuality. She was an ambassador for rebellion, freedom, and self-expression: a living, breathing symbol of emerging 60s liberalism. She was the legend of Les Girls.
Distinctly Australian, Carlottas
grit, bawdy glamour, and
determination to be the best woman
she could be, endeared her to a
nation while echoing the desire of a
generation of women who also wanted
more. Yet it is away from the
spotlight that Carlotta played her
most important and surprising role.
The outstanding ensemble cast includes Caroline OConnor, Alex Dimitriades, Anita Hegh, Eamon Farren, Andrew Lees, Gigi Edgley, Ryan Johnson, Socratis Otto, Genevieve Lemon, Damian de Montemas and Paul Capsis. Written by David Hannam (Winners & Losers) with story consultation by Carlotta, Carlotta was directed by Samantha Lang (My Place, The Monkeys Mask), and produced by Riccardo Pellizzeri (Underbelly: NZ, Siege, MDA, Blue Heelers) and Lara Radulovich (Wentworth), with the ABCs Carole Sklan and Christopher Gist as executive producers. Developed by Pellizzeri, Radulovich and Hannam, Carlotta was produced by their production company Story Ark Productions.
Carlotta said, I am absolutely delighted and flattered that this story is being brought to the screen as my main motivation is to show anyone who may be struggling with their gender, or struggling to gain acceptance from their family and society at large - that you can do it. Stand tall, know who you are and be proud of yourself, as acceptance comes from within.
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