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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls [DVD]

Lynda and Jools Topp , Leanne Pooley    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD

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Winner of the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Topp Twins Untouchable Girls tells the story of the world's only comedic, singing, yodelling lesbian twins, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand's social landscape.

In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Stacy Harris Reviews The Topp Twins' Untouchable Girls 8 Nov 2011
By Stacy Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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Leanne Pooley's 2009 award-winning documentary about New Zealand's Jools and Lynda Topp, billed as the world's only yodeling, country-singing, twin lesbian comediennes (though they prefer to be known as singers who are funny), has just been released on DVD.

The documentary profiles the Taurean twin sisters (born May 14, 1958 in Huntly, located in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand); real cowgirls, who grew up singing to the cows on the family's dairy farm near Huntly.

Patriots with particular political passion for social justice and nuclear disarmament, Lynda and Jools left home at 17 to join New Zealand's rough equivalent of the United States' erstwhile Women's Army Corp. Reflecting on their New Zealand military service "before it was integrated," Lynda describes the three-month training experience as "sort of like a pajama party with guns."

Natural-born entertainers, the twins' harmony singing and comedic bent resulted in their developing a cast of characters including Camp Mother & Camp Leader, Raylene & Brenda, and the cross-dressing Ken and Ken. But the sisters don't flaunt their sexuality so much as embrace it and, as a result, they have a worldwide, mainstream appeal.

As Comedy Writer Paul Horan says of the Topp Twins, "On paper they should not work. On paper they should be commercial death. But they totally deliver to the audience time and time again."

In their native country, the Topps have used humor to both make a point and defuse controversy when they assert their penchant for activism. Such was the case when the twins dealt with their government's position on gay rights: "The law had said it was illegal for consenting adult males to engage in sex. But it was an injustice. We felt like it was an injustice. We said one day they'll make a law that includes the lesbians. We need to step up to the plate and we need to make sure we're part of this homosexual law reform bill."

Needless to say, they were. As New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark recalls, debate on the bill "polarized the Parliament... I think the Topps being so proudly who they were helped make the issue seem a more mainstream one... It had real people associated with it. Good people- like the Topps. And that helped carry the day."

When cameras are not capturing the Topp Twins singing, as they are positioned on the front lines of numerous political demonstrations for their favorite causes, Joolie and Lynda are seen clowning around, most famously during their Great New Zealand Gypsy Caravan Tour.

But life is not all joy, even for the joy-filled Topp Twins (who, for instance, demonstrably inform audiences that "Yodeling is all about hip movement.") Should there be any doubt about that, or the fact that the camera never blinks, "thanks" to archival film Pooley took full advantage of access to footage of Jools going through chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Untouchable Girls, titled after the Topp Twins' song of the same name, has won more than 20 Best Documentary awards. Non-rated and running 84 minutes, the film has been screened at over 80 international film festivals, winning the Cadillac People's Choice for Best Documentary at its North American premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Stacy Harris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Guts... 26 Sep 2011
By Compusurge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There is something about Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls that is bigger than you think. Maybe even bigger that it ought to be... but bigger nonetheless. There is something grand about this film, and there is something magical about Jools and Lynda Topp and the lifelong career they assembled.

From a comedy perspective, there are scenes in the film that will leave you laughing on the floor...(sheep coloring? doggie doos?)... and that's great! But Jools and Lynda Topp are undeniable characters that rival anything you might have seen in vaudeville, anything you may have experienced in political activism, anything you might have seen at the local music house and then some. Jools and Lynda Topp are country...Jools and Lynda Topp are rock & roll. Jools and Lynda Topp are comics and characters. Jools and Lynda Topp are open lesbians and Jools and Lynda Topp marched to a drumbeat they developed... and the fans followed from down under to the U.K to the U.S.A. "Untouchable Girls" captures all of their multiple layers, and their layers were not simple personas that they put on like masks for the sake of the show, but layers that these sisters lived by and allowed their audiences to see vividly.

If the Topp Twins were American, Untouchable Girls would be an American story of living your dream and finding success. Oddly, despite the accents, and despite the New Zealand locale, when you watch Untouchable Girls you feel America all over it even though it's not there but for a glimpse. The film tells a world-wide wonderful story of inspiration, of music, of laughter, of activism, of politic and of course... of incredible yodeling.

Jools and Lynda Topp had natural guts, and this film does, too. I loved it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topps Twins 14 Nov 2011
By Mj Fleck - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Topps Twins. However it is often hard to get stuff in the US by them since they are out of New Zealand.
4.0 out of 5 stars NZ History that's fun. 29 May 2014
By Evin Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this documentary because it so much runs parallel to my own life, but much more fun. I watched it with my granddaughters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful video! 28 April 2014
By Jane M. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a "feel good" video! Great music, great story . . . amazing women. I ordered extra copies to send to my daughters and give as gifts. Everyone loved it!
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