For one year, directors Dylan and Lazlo Tonk followed drag queen Lady Galore during her biggest transformation. They followed the life of Sander den Baas, the man behind Lady Galore up close and personal, with Sander sharing his ups and downs. He is struggling with health problems due to being overweight, even though the latter makes Lady Galore the real Diva she is. Gastric bypass surgery was the solution, but how does the surgery impact her career?
When I speak to Sander later, he tells me that his career is on the rise. His openness has touched hearts and made people think. Responses from many others are - “Because of you, I have now taken the step to undergo gastric bypass surgery.” Or, “Because of your movie, I have also taken the step to finally come out.”
The documentary clearly leaves an impression, but it also shows the difficulties. You have to be ready to make the sacrifices, Sander let me know. The documentary “Galore” is about much more than just the operation. During the making of the movie, the boys noted that there is little difference between Sander and Lady Galore. “Oh well, neither is there between Lady Galore and myself,” he jokes in response.
The next morning, I see BNN Vara’s TV show “The Diva in Me.” It presents a totally different picture. Lady Galore is one of the Divas. The show knows how to make someone shine in a beautiful way, from the heart, in an open, cordial way with depth, love and joy, and certainly with a great sense of humor.
Ten years ago, I saw Lady Galore at Gay Pride for the very first time. Now, she has just finished her eleventh and has become very popular abroad. The documentary was screened at gay film festivals in Shanghai, Brazil and Switzerland, and will soon be traveling to Slovenia and Serbia. And then the ultimate prize, the Netherlands Film Festival, the highest honor of them all. Lady Galore shows how important it is to be yourself, the good in people. I am proud of this Lady, a great role model and educational for all.
My review: Sincerity, pain, caring, love, joy, perseverance, determination, empathy, loneliness, generous, compassionate and inspiring.
“Galore” can be seen on Wednesday, October 2 2019 at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.