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Spend the Evening with Drag Queens on Film

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Today on IFC we are showing three films that documents life as a transvestite in England and Australia. Put on your feather boas, fake eyelashes, and thinking caps as the movies show the struggle of coming of age as a cross dresser, coming to terms with diverse sexuality in small towns, religion, acceptance, and re-thinking gender roles, love, and life. Heady stuff, even if the head is topped with pink flamingo feathers.

Director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) brings us Breakfast on Pluto, which combines the worlds of IRA gun runners and nightclub performers with surprising ease and panache. The film stars Cillian Murphy as Patrick Braden, a foundling who flees a bleak existence in Ireland for a life in London as a transvestite prostitute. His path crosses with the aforementioned gunrunning nightclub performer and then with Bertie (played by Stephen Rea), a small time magician. Politics, performance, and passions all intersect in the underworld of London in the 1970s.

Based on the success of their drag act in Sydney, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Felicia (Guy Pearce) get an offer to perform at a casino in the remote town of Alice Springs. Their friend, the aging grande dame Bernadette, played by Terence Stamp, decides to tag along as they tour the outskirts of Australia in the lavender bus they’ve dubbed Priscilla. The story is about friendship, love, and aging as much as it is about performance and the ending is a sweet surprise.

In Kinky Boots, the future of a small English town hangs in the balance when the local factory starts to falter. The owner, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), needs to come up with something truly groundbreaking to keep the factory (and the town) alive. When Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a design savvy female impersonator, concocts an inventive plan, he listens.

Breakfast on Pluto is on IFC at 5:45 p.m. ET; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert airs at 8 p.m. ET.; and Kinky Boots starts at 9:45 p.m. ET.


The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…