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Dancing At The Blue Iguana

Dancing At The Blue Iguana“Laying bare the lives behind exotic
  dancers at an LA pole-dancing club,
  Dancing At The Blue Iguana highlights
  the uncertainties facing the girls, for
  whom there seems to be no other way
  to exist...


IN THE HEART OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY in Los Angeles is The Blue Iguana; a place where glamour and decay meet, paths cross, roles are played out and violence is never far away.

Sensitively and sympathetically portraying a group of exotic dancers perfecting their art as they entertain audiences at a lap-dancing club in Los Angeles, Dancing At The Blue Iguana goes backstage to expose the complications, dramas and traumatic love lives of the girls who shed their clothes along with their inhibitions.

Jessie (Charlotte Ayanna) has told her beloved uncle she is in Hollywood, careful to give him no further details before going to her audition at the club, where she simply sizzles.

The vulnerable and ditsy Angel (Daryl Hannah), originally from Oklahoma, fantasises that Adam West is her father and longs to become a foster mother. Believing boyfriend and would-be musician Charlie (Rodney Rowland) will marry her, she is shattered to find he has been unfaithful with Jessie.

However, Charlie can get violent when things go wrong and Jessie is on the receiving end of his anger when he fails to get a recording contract. Angel herself has a secret that could jeopardise her ambitions and Jo (Jennifer Tilly) has discovered she is pregnant. When her former boyfriend Sully (Elias Koteas) arrives in LA driving his unmistakeable 1974 Fleeetwood, Jo will have to make a decision that will affect her future.

With a love of poetry, Jasmine (Sandra Oh) has moved to LA to escape a bad relationship in Seattle. She meets fellow poet Dennis (Chris Hogan), but can she sustain a relationship with him once he has seen her dance semi-nude at The Blue Iguana? Stormy (Sheila Kelley) also harbours secrets; and will the newly-arrived, well-known porn star Nico (Kristin Bauer) fit in at the club?

Dancing At The Blue Iguana follows the dancers as they experience the jealousies, desperations, hopes and dreams that colour their lives. Even boss Eddie Hazell (Robert Wisdom) possesses a portrait of himself by a former girlfriend as a memory of his past.

Eddie looks after his girls but demands punctuality, loyalty and absolute honesty from them. Despite the rules of no sex and no drugs, not all the dancers adhere to them. If there is trouble, barman Bobby (W Earl Brown) has a shoulder for the girls to cry on.

Eddie also keeps a watchful eye on one of his best customers, the elderly Harry Goldberg (Harper Roisman). Harry is a great character and he enjoys watching the girls through a pair of opera glasses that he says are his only memento of his late wife.

But not all is well in the Valley. Just across the road, a mysterious stranger watches from his hotel room. Sacha (Vladimir Mashkov) is a hit man who has come to Los Angeles to eliminate a Russian businessman being held by the FBI for questioning. And he has become enchanted by Angel…

Dancing At The Blue Iguana also features: Carolyne Aycaguer as Sophie and Jessie Bradford as Jorge. The superb music includes Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End Of Love and Angel by Marianne Faithful and Dave Stewart.

Costume Designer is Louise Frogley; Music is by Tal Bergman and Renato Neto; Director of Photography is Ericson Core; Screenplay is by Michael Radford and David Linter; Produced by Michael Radford, Sheila Kelley, Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent, Etchie Stroh, Ram Bergman and Dana Lustig; and Directed by Michael Radford (Oscar-winning director of Il Postino and the controversial and sexually-charged drama White Mischief).

Michael Radford lays bare the world of exotic dancers in the gritty, unglamorous, semi-improvised film exploring the complex intersecting lives of six exotic dancers who work at an LA strip club Dancing At The Blue Iguana, a Network Releasing title available to own on 27 June 2011. Certificate: 18 | Catalogue Number: 7953482 | RRP: £12.99.

"Sensitively and sympathetically portraying a group of exotic dancers perfecting their art as they entertain audiences at a lap-dancing club in Los Angeles, Dancing At The Blue Iguana goes backstage to expose the complications, dramas and traumatic love lives of the girls who shed their clothes along with their inhibitions" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Glamorous and sexy" — FilmFour