this time I am taking the piss. While it will offend the delicate
sensibilities of some, I think it's pretty fair to say the story
of Lauren Harries runs like a modern day freak show.
heard of her? Well, perhaps you'll remember James Harries, the precocious
little brat who appeared on Wogan talking about antiques in the
'80s? He stunned the nation with his Dickensian appearance, and
while he was branded a child genius by the media, most of just wanted
to slap him.
disappeared from our screens for a while, then re-emerged later
after a sex change and announced her name was Lauren. From a serious
and over confident boy, had grown a curious-looking woman who referred
to herself as a dizzy blonde.
can't deny the pressures of fame must have caused problems. Children
who are shoved into the spotlight at 11 are rarely able to cope.
It seemed that by switching gender, Lauren had rid herself of the
need to be in control and was able to be more open. The thing is,
she's just plain weird.
you've seen Keith Allen's documentary Little Lady Fauntleroy,
you'll have met the rest of Lauren's family and will know that they're
equally mad. They all claim to be doctors of metaphysics and masters
of one thing or another. But they have awarded their qualifications
to themselves, or purchased degrees from the internet. The family
share an unshakeable belief that they are better than the rest of
uses ridicule as the narrative to much of his film, but he probes
at your inner schoolyard bully, and in the end you just can't help
but laugh. When Lauren talks about being attacked in her garden,
you know you should be outraged but you snigger. I heard a story
about James being pushed out of the school bus and having to hang
on by his fingers. I laughed 'til there were tears down my face.
doesn't help herself with her actions, on TV Lauren will throw her
shoes at her host to get attention, and to see the way she flirts
with people is vile. And so I award the following:
out of ten for entertainment - 10
further the cause for transsexuals - nil.