What if the plot of Joker was filtered through the lens of a trans woman’s coming out?
That’s the premise of The People’s Joker, a surreal, handmade coming-of-age film which mixes live-action, animation and plenty of blue screen to create a dystopian Gotham where comedy is illegal, unless sanctioned by the all-powerful Lorne Michaels. Drawing on writer-director-star Vera Drew’s own coming out, and experience in the alt-comedy scene, she’s crafted a funny yet achingly personal film about finding oneself in a world that has rejected you, that’s truly one of a kind. Don’t miss your chance to see this truly audacious superhero parody.
Content warning: contains depictions of emotional abuse, transphobia, misgendering and deadnaming; suicide themes and conversion therapy themes; discussions of child sexual abuse; and homophobic language.
“A fearless, gloriously funny, and moving act of cinematic anarchy.” – Austin Chronicle
“Underneath the satirical madness lies a genuinely moving story of self-acceptance.” – IndieWire