Strike a Pose

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    Strike a Pose

    Directed by

    • Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan

    Netherlands, Belgium

    2016

    83 min

    • English

    Documentary

    In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial world tour. Their journey was captured in Truth or Dare. As a self-proclaimed 'mother' to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to make a stand on gay rights and freedom of expression. The dancers became paragons of pride, inspiring people all over the world to dare to be who you are. Twenty-five years later, the dancers share their own stories about life during and after the tour. What does it really take to express yourself?

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ester Gould
    Reijer Zwaan
    Cinematography
    Reinout Steenhuizen
    Editing
    Dorith Vinken
    Music
    Bart Westerlaken
    Production
    CTM DOCS
    Production
    THE OTHER ROOM

    Press

    Unusually tender and reflective, looking back at that pivotal moment for these dancers personally and for the culture at large.

    Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

    Ester Gould

    Ester Gould

    Netherlands

    Ester Gould (1975, Scotland) studied film and television studies in Amsterdam and New York. Later she attended the master's degree in Journalism from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked in the theater (Growing Up in Public), journalism (NOVA, Metropolis) and as a researcher, scriptwriter and assistant director, eg for filmmaker Heddy Honigmann. Since 2005 she has directed films herself. As part of the Kids & Docs workshop, they developed two youth documentaries: ALTIJD MAAR DAT GEZEIK (winner Kids & Docs Media Fund Award 2008) and DAVID DE STAR (Audience Award Boston Jewish Film Festival in 2011). Other films include the internationally exhibited documentary SHOUT (co-directed with Sabine Lubbe Bakker) and a diptych about poverty in The Netherlands co-directed with Sarah Sylbing: 50 CENT (2007) and DE REKENING VAN CATELIJNE (2012). Ester also works as a coach in the field of documentary development.

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