Had k.d. lang not broken out of Alberta with her early band, the Reclines, she might today be Canada’s equivalent of New Zealand’s Topp Twins: a national treasure little known in the rest of the world. But k.d. would still only be one lesbian, not two.
“The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” Leanne Pooley’s little documentary that could, is spreading their fame a bit wider, winning awards at numerous film festivals, both LGBT and mainstream. The film opens July 29 at Atlanta’s Midtown Art Cinema for a one-week run.
Besides singing original songs in traditional country style, Jools and Lynda Topp poke gentle fun at various types, from socialites (Dilly and Prue) to randy middle-aged men (Ken and Ken), through comic characters they’ve developed. They used their characters in a successful TV series for four years but still insist, “We’re not really comedians. We’re singers that are funny.”