Queerly Beloved:
The Queen

Frank Simon

Frank Simon







68 mins

Queerly Beloved: The Queen

In the style of Frederick Wiseman’s observational documentaries and with incredible access, director Frank Simon takes us behind the scenes of the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest, and captures the days and decisions leading up to the NYC-set pageant. Just restored last year, The Queen is a fascinating record of a bygone era when there were drafts to dodge, and cross-dressing was illegal. The film is a lasting source of cultural inspiration and influence, with references popping up in RuPaul’s Drag Race to Frank Ocean’s “Ambience 001.”

Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.


    • “An essential queer time capsule” – The Rolling Stones
    • “The Queen is an extraordinary documentary.” – The New York Times
    • “Makes gender itself seem like an urgent performance.” – The New Yorker

Sun Mar 1, 7:00 pm

1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Curatorial Partners

Government Funder

Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and the single largest promoter and distributor of LGBTQ content in Canada, along with the newly restored historic Toronto cinema Paradise Theatre, are proud to announce a partnership on a new film series entitled ‘Queerly Beloved’, ahead of Inside Out’s upcoming 30th anniversary festival taking place May 21-31. The cinema series, running during March 2020, will showcase eighteen (18) independent and influential queer films at Paradise Theatre, all of which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema, and challenge norms of gender, sexuality, and desire through storytelling.