After its successful international premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year, the hilarious Visayan comedy The ‘Thank You' Girls (TYG) is being screened at Robinsons Galleria Indiesine until January 27, 2009.
A welcome breather from gay films centered on sex and sexuality, The 'Thank You' Girls humorously portrays another side of gay life in the Philippines. This light-hearted film is about six dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans who lost all the beauty competitions in their hometown of Davao City. They then decide to travel around Mindanao with a single mission: to conquer the grandest competitions of beauty and brains in the province. What transpires is a fabulous road trip where they learn much about themselves and their common humanity.
Shot in Davao City with dialogues in Visayan gay lingo, TYG showcases not only witty and quotable beauty pageant answers but also the breathtaking landscapes of Mindanao. Asian Film Awards and Urian nominee Charliebebs Gohetia, writes and directs for first-time producer, James Hohl of Brooklyn Park Pictures, an American-Filipino outfit based in New York in partnership with Aldofo B. Alix, Jr.'s Bicycle Pictures and Alchemy of Vision and Light.
Gie Salonga, half-brother of Lea Salonga or Gie Kinis as he is popularly known in the stand-up comedy circuit, makes his big screen debut in TYG. He plays Allyson, the weed smoker transvestite who is addicted to plastic surgery and whose only purpose of joining beauty pageants is to maintain his surgical whims. Other funny and memorable gay characters include a cellphone stealing veteran, a Muslim youngster, a narcissistic straight-acting, a talentless chub and their mother hen who uses the travel to post "missing" posters to search for his demented ex-lover. The cast also include EJ Pantujan, July Jimenez, Kit Poliquit, Kim Vergara and Ari Bancale.
The Thank You Girls (2008) (with subtitles)
Director/Writer/Editor: Charliebebs Gohetia
Executive Producer: James R. Hohl
Line Producer: Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Cinematographer: Albert Banzon
Production Designer: Armi Rae Cacanindin
Musical Score: Teresa Barrozo
Costume Design: Santi Obcena
Sound Design: Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia
Journey with "The Thank You Girls" until Jan 27
by posted on January 24, 2009