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Peaches Does Herself: Wants ‘Rocky Horror’ Cult Fame for TIFF Film

Peaches Does Herself

Peaches Does Herself

Long before Toronto’s Merrill Nisker stumbled into a career as the electro art provocateur Peaches, she had every intention of becoming a theatre director, at least until reality set in.

“I quickly figured out that I didn’t want to work with actors or all of these factors I thought would give me a heart attack by the time I was 30,” she tells Spinner.

Still, when Hebbel Hau Theater in her adopted home of Berlin asked her to do a production, Peaches was thrilled to have a chance to go back to her artistic roots. Assembling over 20 songs from her four albums, the foul-mouthed and sharp-tongued singer crafted a retrospective “anti-jukebox” musical loosely based on her life called Peaches Does Herself. She also filmed the show, which ran at the Hebel in October of last year, because she wanted to document it in some way.

Ten performances’ worth of footage, 1,500 edits and just under a year later, the film version of Peaches Does Herself is making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie, as described on Peaches’ official site (we’d try to paraphrase, but there’s no sense in messing with perfection) “tells the story of a young woman who, inspired by a 65-year-old stripper, begins to make sexually forthright music. Her popularity grows and she becomes what her fans expect her to be: transsexual. She falls in love with a beautiful she-male, but gets her heart broken and then ventures on a path of self-discovery.”

The elaborate dix and tit-shaking spectacle is written and directed by Peaches, who also stars in the film as herself. Her supporting cast includes Naked Cowgirl Sandy Kane as the 65-year- old stripper in question, transgendered porn star Danni Daniels, electronica artist Mignon and a dance troupe known as The Fatherfucker Dancers. The flick’s set designs and props feature, among other things, various labia representations, laser harps and a gruesome exploded phallus that’s becoming notorious for its ability to make audiences squirm.

“It should be uncomfortable, like ‘Is this a joke?’ This has actually turned really gory, but it’s actually really weird-looking,” says Peaches. “It was actually done by Babes in Horny, a company that makes dildos and they made me two exploding penises.”

There’s also a pair of exploding breasts in the film, but Peaches is less impressed with how they come across.

“I must say the dick was much better than the boobs.”

A replacement pair of blasting boobs was eventually crafted for the stage, but logistics prevented them from getting their big movie break.

“One unfortunate thing is that we did have new boobs — new exploding boobs that were way better — but we had to use the shots of the old ones and actually we had to reshoot one scene where I had to put on the old costume for the closeups and stuff.”

The new, improved and more Cronenergian boobs are now in storage in Berlin, thwarting any temptation she might have had to wear them on the red carpet for the film’s premiere.

If things go well with Peaches Does Herself the artist says that she’d be interested in revisiting it as a theatrical production, but it would have to have the right funds behind it.

“I’m waiting for a mega-producer to give me money, and then I’m there. Let’s see… who should give me the money? Maybe if we say someone’s name, they’ll set us up,” she says with a mischievous grin. “I want money from… I want money from Snoop Dogg.”

“Snoop Lion,” a member of the documentary crew that’s currently following Peaches around corrects her. It’s one of the many projects she currently has on the go, including a new single (“BURST!”, which comes out next month), DJ gigs and her continuing efforts to support Pussy Riot.

“Snoop Lion? He’s not Snoop Dogg anymore?” she asks.

“He’s a reggae artist,” it’s explained.

Peaches shakes her head, unimpressed.

“Then I don’t want him. Forget it,” she says dismissively. “But really, in a real world, it should be Tina Fey.”

In the meantime, the singer is doing things the low budget way, trying to wrangle the cast of Peaches Does Herself for a Friday night performance piece at Toronto’s Drake Hotel called, appropriately enough, Peaches Does The Drake, and attempting to find family and friends who will let everyone crash with them during TIFF to save on hotel costs.

After that, it looks like PDH is primed to take on the film circuit. On the strength of the first press screening alone, Peaches has already received offers from other festivals. Beyond that, she’s hoping that the picture reaches the kind of cult status the live show was starting to cultivate in Berlin.

“I started to see people who came the second time start to dress up. If it went on longer, maybe it would have started to have that Rocky Horror kind of feel of yelling things and stuff. I think someone even threw something one night.”

In other words, does that mean that she’s hoping that her film will someday have its own callbacks and midnight screenings?

“Hell yeah!” she says smiling.

This feature originally appeared September 14, 2012 on AOL Spinner.


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10 Best Music Related Movies At TIFF

Snoop Lion, Rob Zombie's Lords Of Salem & Peaches

Snoop Lion, Rob Zombie’s Lords Of Salem & Peaches

Now that the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival has died down, Sarah took some time to make a list of her favourite music-related films she saw.

Topping the list was PeachesPeaches Does Herself, but Rob Zombie‘s The Lords Of Salem and Snoop Lion‘s Reincarnated were also among those worth checking out.

To read the whole list head over to Spinner here.


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11 Lessons Learned From Spike Lee’s ‘Bad 25’ Michael Jackson Documentary

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Spike Lee‘s much-anticipated Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25 debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.

It’s a pretty thorough though slightly fan-ish look at Jacko’s Bad album.

Sarah saw it and wrote about the 11 lessons she learned from the film for Huffington Post Music Canada.

You can read about them by going here.



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Picture Day Proves A Crossroads Reunion For Party Band Elastocitizens

Picture Day

Picture Day

One of the buzziest films of TIFF 2012 was the Canadian-made Picture Day thanks to the performance of emerging gal power actress Tatiana Maslany.

While she’s the star, the glue that holds the film together is the party rock band the ElastoCitizens and their real-life lead singer/actual movie actor in the film, Steven McCarthy.

Sarah talked to McCarthy about the film and his maybe reunited, maybe broken up, maybe on-hiatus band for Spinner.

You can read the story by clicking here.



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Ice-T Explains His Documentary ‘Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp’

Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

Ice-T recently brought Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp, the documentary about ghetto poet Iceberg Slim he directed and starred in, to the Toronto International Film Fest.

Sarah spoke to him for Huffington Post Music Canada about Iceberg’s influence on hip-hop and himself personally.

To read the full article go here.




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Macy Gray At TIFF 2012: Says Black Roles Are Improving

Macy Gray

Macy Gray

Musician Macy Gray is one of the main stars in TIFF 2012-debuting film The Paperboy — a movie that’s getting a lot of attention in part because it features Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron. (Good for them?)

When Sarah spoke to Gray for Huffington Post Music Canada they talked about that luridness as well as deeper stuff, including the improved roles in major films for black characters.

You can read the whole story by going here.

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Ice-T Predicts ‘Snoop Lion’ Won’t Last Long


Ice-T & Snoop Lion

Ice-T & Snoop Lion

Ice-T was in Toronto recently for TIFF 2012 to promote his film Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp. The film features numerous contributions from rappers talking about the original pimp-poet, including a pre-Rasta conversion Snoop Dogg.

Sarah interviewed Ice-T about the film, and when she had some down time she also asked him about Snoop Lion and Snoop’s other TIFF film, Reincarnated.

Ice doesn’t think “Snoop Lion” is going to last.

To find out why, head over to Spinner by clicking here.



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