Carmen Rupe started life as Trevor from Taumarunui. This amazing story looks as Carmen’s childhood, compulsory military training at Papakura, life in Auckland as a male nurse, and the awakening of his sexual identity. As Trevor became more experienced in performance, he decided to move to Sydney where he could further expand his stage talents. After being arrested (then acquitted) for wearing women’s clothes in public, Trevor never wore men’s clothes again and in 1968 changed his name by deed poll to Carmen and from then on lived as a woman. Carmen opened a cafe on Vivian Street, Wellington called “Carmen’s International Coffee Lounge”. In 1977 Carmen stood for the Wellington Mayoralty. After initially moving to Kings Cross in Sydney for higher paid entertainment work, Carmen ended up staying nearly 10 years.
The September 29 screening is part of 'Soup & a Seat' so the ticket price of $10 includes a cup of tasty soup. Every Friday lunchtime from 25 August to 20 October we'll be screening a different documentary.