Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 19, 2007)


"I get these girls who never thought they would even like girls into liking me, and it’s a total con."

Tegan Quin in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Hobo magazine, on why the new Tegan and Sara album is called The Con


Back in February, Sarah told you about the movie Finding t.A.T.u., coming sometime in 2008. Did you think it was all a weird dream you had after falling asleep with your iPod on shuffle? Nope, it’s really happening, and Mischa Barton and Shantel VanSanten might live to regret it. They play teenagers who meet at a t.A.T.u. concert and fall in love. And the real t.A.T.u. girls, Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina, play themselves in the film. It’s so meta. Or is that m.E.T.a.? Maybe I mean f.A.K.e.

Yulia and Lena recently shared some set photos with the Russian magazine Yes! — hey, Russia, what’s with the excess punctuation in magazine titles and band names? There are no spoilers here, but I do feel compelled to give you an animal carcass warning. Ick. (Photos and translations via the Finding t.A.T.u. blog.)

Yulia: We … didn’t need instructions: We leave our shows like that every time. We filmed this scene in just couple of takes.

Lena: Here’s Mischa Barton … filming [her] last scenes at the meat factory in Yaroslavl. Here she kind of returns to [the] life she wanted to escape … I’d probably feel sick in such disgusting, smelly surroundings. But Mischa rocks — she did it!

It’s mind-boggling to think of Barton, that petulant princess of The O.C., playing a provincial Russian “meat factory” worker. Dorothy Snarker said it best: Get ready for acting and accents that remind you of Natasha from Bullwinkle. It’s moose and squirrel! No, it’s a couple of gay-for-pay pop tarts!

The t.A.T.u. blog also posted a “preview” clip this week. This makes the movie seem even more like a weird (and bad) dream, and one desperately in need of an editor:

Can someone help me? I’ve fallen into a Dance Dance Revolution background video and can’t get up.

If all that weren’t enough to whet your appetite, the movie is based on the book t.A.T.u. Come Back, which is itself based on the true story of two t.A.T.u. fans who are currently serving time for murdering the mother who kept them apart. Wait: I think I’ve seen this movie, only it was set in New Zealand and starred Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet.

Actually, although I can certainly understand why one might run in horror from the preview clip, I think I might like Finding t.A.T.u. It could turn out to be a mashup of Heavenly Creatures, Jem and the Holograms and that gross meat truck scene in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. What’s not to love?


“Me being in love with a girl and wanting her to be with me … it affects no one — yet it’s terrifying to people and they think you’re a monster.”

— Sara Quin in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Hobo magazine, on the Tegan and Sara song “I Was Married” from The Con

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