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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Lynda and Jools Topp, the yodelling lesbian sisters from the Waikato have a story that is loaded with energy, joy and vitality in new film, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Even without the connection to the nostalgia surrounding Leanne Pooley’s The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls this is still a film which delights and rejoices in its own company.
Lynda and Jools Topp, the yodelling lesbian sisters from the Waikato have a story that is loaded with energy, joy and vitality. Their story spans fifty years, starting from their humble upbringing on a small dairy farm in the Waikato to their present day tours which are internationally successful.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is a beautiful mix of the past and the present; it is also a magnificent representation of the twin’s life aligned with New Zealand history.
In pairing footage from both their live shows and interviews it becomes apparent these women are not just extremely talented singers but effortlessly comical as they take us through the story of their life. There are plenty of unintentional laughs thrown in for good measure too, from their father staunchly declaring he would just have to deal with the twins ‘homosexuality’ to philanthropist Rosie Horton’s unintentionally comic speech about the twins selling tickets to look in her wardrobe, encouraging more laughter from the already tickled audience.

Below, the Topp Twins in character as society ladies Prue and Dilly.

As well as their comedy coming naturally, the structure of the film also moved fluidly through the many different chapters of the twins’ lives. Politics becomes prominent when watching them protest against nuclear warships docking in their beloved New Zealand harbour and again when they joined in on anti-apartheid demonstrations throughout the 1998 Springbok tour. Romance rears its head as we are introduced to both Jools and Lynda’s loyal partners and health issues tug on even the tightest of heart strings as Jools battles through breast cancer.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is a heart warming and charming way to either learn about the Topp Twins or to simply take a trip down memory lane. It is also an extremely important work in showcasing the national identity of these women. They are cheeky, unique, fearless and brave embodying characteristic traits every Kiwi should be proud of and embrace.

This film deserves to receive the amount of love and dedication put in to creating it and will, just like the Topp Twins, make a real difference in which ever circles it travels in.

Angela Nicol, February 2009

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