RuPaul film premiere to raise funds for Joburg Pride

RuPaul to introduce Starrbooty at premieres in Joburg and Pretoria

September 15, 2008

JOHANNESBURG — There’s a fun and glamorous opportunity to support Joburg Pride at this year’s Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle Pride Film Festival. The festival, which is independent from Joburg Pride, will be hosting two exclusive fund-raising premieres of the film Starrbooty starring the outrageous international drag diva RuPaul.

RuPaul, who plays the main character, will be appearing in person at the film's glamorous South African premieres on Thursday, October 2nd at Ster-Kinekor Classic, the Zone, Rosebank in Joburg and in Pretoria at Brooklyn's Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle on Friday the 3rd. Mike Ruiz, the film’s director, will also appear at the premieres.

And that’s not all. Buying a ticket to one of the premieres will ensure free entry into Therapy’s Viva la Glam Pride After-party at Carfax in Newtown, one of a number of Pride after-parties across the city.

Tickets for the Starrbooty premieres cost R150 each and all proceeds will be donated by Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Therapy to the non-profit company that runs Joburg Pride on behalf of the gay and lesbian community.

“It is truly an honour for Ster-Kinekor Theatres to host the world’s one and only drag superstar! We can’t wait to premiere RuPaul’s latest film at our prestigious Pride Film Festival as well as raising funds to further show our support for the local gay/lesbian/trangendered communities,” says Paul Burton, Ster-Kinekor Bookings Executive.

“We greatly appreciate the support from both Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Therapy for graciously donating the proceeds of their premieres to Joburg Pride,” says Tanya Harford, Co-chair of Joburg Pride. “We urge the lesbian and gay community to show their support for Pride by buying tickets to these fantastic premieres.”

Tickets can be purchased at Ster-Kinekor Classic The Zone and Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn box offices, by calling TicketLine 082 16789 or at

Joburg Pride 2008
The 2008 Joburg Pride Festival, which is organised by a not-for-profit company of volunteer board members, will take place from 29 September to 4 October 2008. The 19th annual Pride Parade will be held on Saturday 4 October starting at and returning to Zoo Lake Sports Club from 9am. The Parade will be followed by a concert. The theme for Joburg Pride in 2008 is ‘Love, not Hate.’ It aims to highlight the recent spate of hate crimes against members of the gay community; especially black lesbians such as Eudy Simelane, Zoliswa Nkonyana, Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa who were all brutally murdered because of their sexual orientation. For more information visit

Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle Pride Film Festival
The Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle Pride Film Festival takes place at Rosebank (26 Sept - 4 Oct), Brooklyn (26 Sept - 3 Oct), V&A Waterfront (3 Oct - 11 Oct) and Gateway (3 Oct - 9 Oct). Booking and information gathering options are on offer at Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle, including online bookings either on your WAP-enabled cell phone or PC at : or by calling TicketLine 082 16789 (value added service rates apply), or book in cinema at the self service terminals (SSTs) or Box Offices. The novel Touchmart Transaction Access Points (TAP) now offer an even easier means of booking a movie ticket, and are located nationally with convenient access from supermarkets to civic centres. – Issued by Joburg Gay Pride Festival

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