“People think that being a star is about being fabulous, being in the spotlight, having your picture taken all the time and having everyone worship and adore you, being rich, rich, rich and having it all- and you know what? They’re absolutely right.”
Madonna blends fantasy and reality in the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare, which follows her iconic 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. Far from exposing the myth of Madonna, the fly-on-the-wall film only elevated her to even greater stardom, showcasing her vivacious, provocative wit alongside her incredible abilities as a performer.
With its extraordinary array of stars, risqué Jean-Paul Gaultier costumes, lush, cinematic black and white sequences and outrageous humour, Alek Keshishian’s film has achieved a cult status that even Kevin Costner would admit is more than a little “neat”.
Celebrated as an indelible record in the iconography of pop, the film is also recognised for its candid representation of LGBTQ+ identities onscreen in the form of Madonna’s backing dancers- themselves the subject of the 2016 documentary Strike a Pose– and its modern day status as a classic owes much to the adulation of queer audiences over the years.
Madonna: Truth or Dare is screening as part of MIXTAPE, a season of music films at Oh Yeah Music Centre curated by Feature and supported by Film Hub NI. New screenings on the first Wednesday of every month.