Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cert 15)

by NEIL NORMAN, Evening Standard

Based on the off-Broadway musical that settled in London before slipping away without undue fuss, this is a cult curio that is unlikely to mirror the success of its nearest cousin, The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show.

Hedwig, formerly Hansel (John Cameron Mitchell - who also wrote and directed the show and the film), is not quite a Transylvanian transsexual but an East Berliner who undergoes the ultimate snip in order to marry a black American GI and thus pass across the Wall and into freedom.

All, as you might guess from the title, does not go according to plan. Riddled with the kind of showtune punk music that went out with the Tubes, this is a grim experience, an ugly musical cluttered with new-era political cant about the Yin and Yang of sexuality, self-knowledge and Farrah Fawcett wigs.

Mitchell dominates the screen (and the soundtrack). But then, he would, wouldn't she?

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