The oeuvre of João Paulo Ferreira, which began in 1975, generally had a strong focus on social and political issues, he directed this singular work, Fatucha Superstar, in a musical style inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
With the Portuguese revolution of 1974 still fresh, Ferreira deconstructed one of the greatest pillars of the dictatorial Estado Novo regime: the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
If, on the one hand, Fatucha Superstar is faithful to the hippie aesthetic of Webber’s musical – and to a Portuguese generation of the time – on the other, Fatima, or Fatucha, is a sophisticated transvestite that appears to the three little shepherds in dark glasses and a convertible.
João Paulo Ferreira was born in 1943. He began making films in 1975, with the “Cineground” group, which tried to make a first attempt at commercializing Super 8 films in small entertainment venues (bars and night clubs) in Portugal.
Those were, in fact, the ideal places at the time for the divulgation of an underground cinematography and, in the case of João Paulo Ferreira, a queer one as well (as happened with his contemporary, Óscar Alves, to whom he was assistant director and editor in the four films shown last year at Queer Lisboa). He was also a member of the Independent Filmmakers Centre.
- 1978 – Ruínas (Curta-Metragem de Ficção / Short Fiction)
- 1977 – Tempo Vazio (Curta-Metragem de Ficção / Short Fiction)
- 1976 – Os Demónios da Liberdade (Curta-Metragem de Ficção / Short Fiction)
- 1976 – Fatucha Superstar (Longa-Metragem de Ficção / Feature Film)
- 1975 – Trauma (Curta-Metragem de Ficção / Short Fiction)