By 1998 only a decade later, Lynda Topp, as Camp Mother, came close to winning the mayoral elections in Auckland, and the Topp Twins were firmly entrenched in the bosom of Kiwi culture with their own prime time TV Series Do Not Adjust Your Twinset.
The Topp Twins:  Untouchable Girls is a big story. Its not just the story of two sisters but also of 50 years of New Zealand history. Half a century of cultural changes and the foundation of a national identity. Part concept film, part biopic, part historical record, part comedy, the twins share their journey from ‘coming out’ to Jools' recent brush with breast cancer with much laughter, honesty and wisdom. It is a film about two truly unique New Zealanders which ends up saying as much about us as it does about them.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is directed by award-winning ex BBC documentary filmmaker, Leanne Pooley. Director of Photography was shared by Leon Narbey (Whale Rider), one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed cinematographers, and Wayne Vinten, (Best Cinematography NZ Film and TV Awards 2008). The film was produced by Arani Cuthbert of Diva Productions, who has also managed the twins for much of their career.

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35mm, Dolby Digital
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Production Company: 
Diva Films Ltd.
Melbourne International Film Festival, Audience Award; Qantas Film and TV Awards NZ, Best Feature Film, Best Original Music; Toronto International Film Festival, The Cadillac People's Choice Award; Festival International Du Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO), Special Jury Award; Goteborg International Film Festival: Audience Award - Best Feature Film; Florida Film Festival, Audience Award - Best International Feature Film; Portland Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary; Nashville Film Festival, Audience Award - Best Documentary, Best GLBT Film; River Run Film Festival, Audience Award - Best Documentary; Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Juried Award Best Documentary; Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival, Elle Flanders Award for Best Documentary Film.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Roles


Key Crew

Tim Woodhouse
Director of Photography
Leon Narbey
Director of Photography
Wayne Vinten
Musical Director
David Long