Originally banned in Australia, the hilariously grotesque Pink Flamingos is certainly not for the faint-hearted. This cult classic from writer and director John Waters has never been seen before on Australian television and is the first cab off the rank for this week’s More Films That Shocked The World. Pink Flamingos was initially banned in Australia in the early 1970’s, before being released on VHS in 1980 with an X rating – only to then have its distribution discontinued.
This kooky flick is almost entirely centred around notorious Baltimore criminal and transvestite Divine, who plays herself. Pink Flamingos sees Divine, whilst living under the pseudonym “Babs Johnson”, battle to keep her tabloid title as the ‚Äúfilthiest person alive‚Äù. Whilst the acting can be incredibly over the top, the fantastic costume designs in particular aid in framing the grotesque elements of the film. These range from Divine’s egg-eating mother Edie, to her chicken loving son Crackers, to a further mélange of nudity, bestiality, incest and more. Needless to say, it’s a film that left me truly gob-smacked whilst watching. Today it’s a rare occurrence for a film to evoke such a strong reaction in an audience, and I enjoyed the way in which Pink Flamingos challenged me, pushing me far beyond my comfort zone.
I couldn’t agree more with what was said in the film’s original trailer – Pink Flamingos is ‚Äúthe sickest movie ever made and one of the funniest‚Äù.
Pink Flamingos premieres at 9.30pm tonight Monday 17 March as part of More Films That Shocked The World.