Tamworth’s renegade ‘Queen of Honky Tonk’ heads to Nashville to record an album, but has she left her run too late? A no-holds-barred crowd-pleasing debut from Australian Matthew Walker.
Flame-haired Wanita has dreamt of being a singing star since childhood. As a 19-year-old with a helluva voice, she performed at Tamworth to much acclaim, but hard partying and parenthood intervened. She’s still in Tamworth, now with a Turkish husband (a story in itself), and making ends meet with sex work and the odd gig. Somehow, she gets the money together for a US recording trip. Despite being a woman on a mission, the totally unpredictable Wanita is side-tracked at every turn – much to the dismay of her new manager, musician Gleny Rae Virus. When Wanita should be knuckling down in the studio, she’s drinking and fretting. Can she pull it together or will she burn yet another bridge?
Matthew Walker has worked as a film and television editor for over 15 years. His 2015 short film about Wanita, Heart of the Queen, won Best Australian Short at Antenna Documentary Film Festival. I’m Wanita is his first feature documentary as writer/director.