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Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story


Australian Premiere Presented by Groovescooter



The moving and life-affirming true story of a pioneering Black Trans performer, who on the edge of stardom suddenly disappeared. On first hearing Jackie Shane's stirring soul voice - singing lyrics like "tell her that I'm happy / tell her that I'm gay / tell her that I wouldn't have it any other way" - you may well ask yourself why you haven't heard of this remarkable soul/r'n'b artist until now. A true trailblazer born in Jim Crow-era Tennessee (where she befriended Nashville-settler and fellow Queer icon Little Richard), Jackie Shane sought to escape racism and small-mindedness finding a new home and an adoring audience in Canada. Here, with an unmistakable gift of the gab, shimmering stage presence and a gut-wrenching voice, her live performances became legendary and were captured on the 1967 LP Jackie Shane Live! and more recently on the Grammy Award-nominated Numero label collection. Just as a new generation of soul lovers discovered her talents and she was poised to relaunch her singing career, she tragically passed away.

2024 Out In the Silence Award

Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Festival

2024 DGC Special Jury Prize

HotDocs Canada

A compelling investigation of an elusive life, as well as a talent so striking you’ll be amazed it remained forgotten for so long.


An eye-opening, jaw-dropping, foot-stomping wave of jubilation that will ring forever more.

Film Threat

Why You Should See This Film

Jackie Shane is one of the most fascinating artists you may not have heard of: she supported greats like Etta James, refused Ed Sullivan's invitation to perform on his career-breaking show because they refused to let her wear make-up and also turned down America Bandstand because they wouldn’t allow young Black people into the studio audience. Later she turned down an offer to be a part of George Clinton's Funkadelic and later still became a recluse for many years. Following its World Premiere at SXSW Festival in Texas and picking up awards at leading LGBTQI film festival Frameline and HotDocs, Sydneysiders now have the opportunity to see Any Other Way's Australian Premiere, exclusive to Golden Age for Groovescooter’s STROBE Film Festival. Via the innovative use of recorded telephone conversations with Jackie, she vividly recounts her own journey and struggles, alongside archival materials and an evocative use of animation. Trans women artists such as Sandra Caldwell, friends and family - including niece, Andrenee Majors-Douglas (who didn't know about her aunt until she inherited Shane's belongings and has now lovingly archived them) - help complete a positive portrait of a life lived authentically and without compromise.

Michael Mabbott, Lucah Rosenberg-Lee
Jackie Shane, Sandra Caldwell, Bobby Dean-Blackburn, Makayla Walker
99 minutes

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