REVIEW: Rose & Rosie Overshare documentary tour
"Everybody in that cinema saw a little of themselves onscreen"
Four years ago, I was sat at my family computer, mindlessly scrolling through YouTube, when I stumbled upon a video titled My Coming Out Story by a girl called Rose. Now as somebody who knew from quite an early age that she was playing for the other team, I was immediately enticed by this title. I grabbed some headphones, my hand-me-down tablet, and began the video. And I saw myself on screen.
For the next two years, I eagerly waited for every upload and watched in the dead of night under the covers; for fear of being caught and exposed by a family member. Gradually, I stopped fearing other people’s judgements, and now I am an out and proud member of the LGBT community. A huge part of my coming out journey is owed to Rose and Rosie.
It’s hard not to be absolutely enraptured when you watch a Rose and Rosie video. Their striking personalities shine through within moments, and their complete lack of shame for who they are is what made me and countless others a firm subscriber. They really are Oversharers, which makes the normality of their relationship even more prominent. For young girls who may not see any normal healthy lesbian relationships on screen, it makes them all the more powerful. This is also how I found myself buying tickets for their tour to celebrate their book and documentary release.
The book was an extremely satisfying read that I could not put down. However, I need to talk about their powerful documentary. It reduced many to tears (including me). It was diverse, the cinematography was beautiful and the ratio of people sharing their stories to Rose and Rosie themselves was perfect. It was funny, but still dealt with dark subjects, which can be a very difficult balance to get right. They managed to execute it flawlessly. Most of all, it was utterly compelling to watch and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I’ll admit that I am usually easily distracted in cinemas, but with this documentary, I found myself commanded to take in every last word.
I think everybody in that cinema saw a little of themselves in each person who shared their stories on camera, no matter their gender, sexuality or race. And the bravery it must have taken to tell their stories, knowing that thousands would be watching them, has to be commended. The moment of silence as the documentary ended is unrivalled in my eyes, and the applause was deafening while the credits rolled.
I only recognised the sheer power of their positive energies when I was on the train home. In the cinema, there were hundreds of people draped in pride flags and sporting rainbow make-up or accessories. On the tube, however, I recognised people from the cinema and saw them furiously scrubbing off face paints, and dejectedly stuffing gay apparel back into their bags before they arrived home. It made me realise how accepted Rose and Rosie make their audience feel, despite the challenges still faced by the community.
Rose and Rosie continue to inspire me and countless others every day, and I know that I would not be the person I am today without their videos to guide me through my teenage years. So thank you, Rose and Rosie, for being the leaders of change that many of us need.
Rose and Rosie's Overshare documentary tour is on until 29 October 2018. For more info and tickets, look here: myticket.co.uk/artists/rose-rosie-overshare. And you can still get your hands on the September issue of DIVA, starring Rose & Rosie as you've never seen them before, at divadirect.info.
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