A Film List in hues of Pink
Updated: Sep 15
“If you wear a wig everybody notices.
But if you then dye the wig, people notice the dye.”
— Andy Warhol
People have always worn wigs. From ancient civilizations to the 21st century, the wig has been popularized by many historical figures and entertainment personalities. Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I of England, King Louis XIV of France, Andy Warhol, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Cher, Sia, and Lady Gaga, to name a few, all owned a wig (or more!) Undeniably, there is a wig for everyone. Even for President Donald Trump, should he decide to sport a wig sometime soon (it might be in his best interest).
In particular, the wig is also a great prop when it comes to cinema. It gives a sense of character, or at times is the embodiment of the character itself. In neutral tones or rainbow colours, the wig is often synonymous of transformation—whether it is going against one’s nature or fully embracing one’s persona. And arguably, nothing quite does it like a lovely pink hairdo on screen. So here are a few films that feature women in leading or supporting roles, who wore the striking pink headpiece to perfection.
1. What a Way to Go! (Director: John Lee Thompson, 1964)
A four-time widow recounts her marriages to four different men, who all died prematurely because of their drive for riches.
2. Two Weeks in September (Director: Serge Bourguignon, 1967)
A model spends two weeks away from her older lover and meets a younger man, ultimately finding herself torn between her love for both men.
3. Grease (Director: Randal Kleiser, 1978)
Two teenagers who met during the summer break rekindle their romance, upon unexpectedly discovering they attend the same high school.
4. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Director: Stephan Elliott, 1994)
Two drag queens and a transgender woman journey together in a tour bus they named Priscilla, encountering various people across the desert.
5. Lost in Translation (Director: Sofia Coppola, 2003)
A middle-aged actor and a young college graduate meet in a Tokyo hotel, amid the confines of their loneliness they form an unlikely and unique bond.
6. Closer (Director: Mike Nichols, 2004)
A beautiful young woman’s relationship with an aspiring writer deteriorates when he meets a photographer, already involved romantically with a dermatologist.
7. Buddha Mountain (Director: Li Yu, 2010)
Three free-spirited teenagers rent rooms from a retired opera singer, quickly bending her rules before each are eventually able to learn from one another.
8. Wish I Was Here (Director: Zach Braff, 2014)
A father struggling to be an actor is brought to re-examine his life, as he tackles home-schooling his children and aiding his ailing father battling cancer.
9. Little Sister (Director: Zach Clark, 2016)
A young nun who had severed ties with her family returns to her childhood home after her brother’s return from Iraq, forcing her to face the demons of her past.
10. The Greatest Showman (Director: Michael Gracey, 2017)
An ambitious showman and his troupe of ‘unique persons’ rise from nothing to becoming a worldwide touring sensation, despite the hardships of prejudice.
11. Daddy Issues (Director: Amara Cash, 2018)
A queer teenager who dreams of going to art school meets and falls deeply in love with her Instagram celebrity crush, while becoming ensnared in a love triangle.