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Carlotta (2014)

Based on the extraordinary life of the iconic Les Girls headliner and Australian transgender pioneer, Jessica Marais, stars as Carlotta. A universal story about identity, family, tolerance ... See full summary »


Samantha Lang


David Hannam
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Marais ... Carol / Carlotta
Anita Hegh ... Evelyn Byron
Eamon Farren ... Danny / Ava
Andrew Lees ... Peggy
Socratis Otto ... Christopher
Alex Dimitriades ... Angelo
Ryan Johnson ... Peter
Caroline O'Connor Caroline O'Connor ... Shelia
Alan Dukes ... Sammy
Paul Capsis Paul Capsis ... Stefan
Damian de Montemas ... Lance
Gigi Edgley ... Jane
Geneviève Lemon Geneviève Lemon ... Faye
Warwick Young ... Ted
Kai Lewins ... Young Richard


Based on the extraordinary life of the iconic Les Girls headliner and Australian transgender pioneer, Jessica Marais, stars as Carlotta. A universal story about identity, family, tolerance and acceptance, Carlotta lays bare the life of the confused teenager named Richard and his flight into the turbulence of the hedonistic sixties and seventies. Against the threat of criminal prosecution as well as social rejection, Carlotta emerges as the all conquering drag queen and performer.How many working class Balmain boys grow up to be showgirls? Not just any showgirl but a household name, a legend of Kings Cross, a daytime TV star, and a symbol of generational change. Spanning forty years, Carlotta is an uplifting celebration of finding your place in the world and making your mark against all odds. Written by AnonymousB

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She had to be extraordinary just to be ordinary


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Release Date:

19 June 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Карлотта See more »

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (DVD version)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Jessica Marais and Ryan Johnson teamed up again in Love Child See more »

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Fascinating story, pretty mediocre movie
10 July 2018 | by Evil_HerbivoreSee all my reviews

Stories about the lives of transgender people - both real and fictional - are more and more popular as the LGBT movement becomes more and more prominent. What once was a curiosity now takes its rightful place in the world as trans people refuse to be marginalized any longer. Carlotta fits this trend, telling the real story of an Australian transsexual performer Carol Spencer, also known under the stage name Carlotta.

The story itself may be called a "typical" trans story: from denial, through inner struggle, to becoming true to oneself. This quality is by no means a fault, on the contrary, it shows something that is pretty universal not only for transgender individuals, but for many people not fitting "the norm" for one reason or another. Jessica Marais is really good as Carol/Carlotta, showing both vulnerability and inner strength of this incredible woman. It's a shame that such complexities of Carol's character aren't fully explored and her story is presented more as a series of events and less as an emotional journey of a person evolving and becoming true to herself.

Sadly, no matter how inspiring and fascinating Carlotta's life was, the movie does not capture that. The narration is mediocre at best, often taking big leaps and treating most of the supporting characters as one-dimensional additions to Carlotta's story. The cinematography is typical for a television movie and at times I found it annoyingly similar to the mass-produced Hallmark movies. I was left with the feeling of disappointment at the production value of the movie, as Carlotta's story could have been a really good piece of cinema instead of a pretty mediocre tv production.

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