He has been described as the Pope of Trash, The Prince of Puke and The Duke of Dirt. Now, over one boundary-pushing week, acclaimed and denounced director John Waters presents his most hideous and hilarious films that will make you scream with delight and revulsion.
John Waters Presents: Films of Bad Taste is a week-long celebration of John Waters’ debauched movie career. This outrageous collection of his most memorable movies features introductions from Mr Waters himself (filmed in his Baltimore home), with personal insights and anecdotes from his long and insanely illustrious career.
A self-proclaimed ‚Äòfilth elder’, director, screenwriter, photographer and best-selling author, John Waters rose to fame in the early ’70s for his transgressive and unforgettable cult films, and later crossed over into Hollywood still pushing the boundaries of good vs. bad taste. You can get to know a little more about the man behind that recognisable pencil mustache HERE.
Monday 11 August 9.30pm
Cry-Baby (USA, 1990)
In this sardonic John Waters musical-comedy set in 1950s Baltimore, Wade ‚ÄòCry-Baby’ Walker, a juvenile delinquent with a heart of gold, wins the love of a reluctant ‚Äòsquare’ girl, who fights society’s disapproval with gusto. Stars Johnny Depp, Amy Locane and Ricki Lake.
Tuesday 12 August 9.30pm
Polyester (USA, 1981)
An alcoholic suburban housewife’s world falls apart when her dirty-movie theatre owner husband is caught having an affair with his trashy secretary, her daughter gets pregnant by a repulsive boyfriend, and her son is suspected of being the Baltimore Foot Stomper. Stars Divine and Tab Hunter.
Wednesday 13 August 9.30pm
Pink Flamingos (USA, 1972)
Happily notorious Baltimore filth goddess and underground sex symbol Divine competes with Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who kidnap women, impregnate them and sell the babies to lesbian couples, for the title of ‚ÄòThe Filthiest Person Alive’. Stars Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole and Edith Massey.
Thursday 14 August 9.30pm
Hairspray (USA, 1988)
A ‘pleasantly plump’ teenage girl teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local television dance show. This is the original movie that the Tony Award winning musical was based on, and was later remade in Hollywood with John Travolta. Stars Ricki Lake, Divine, Sonny Bono, Deborah Harry, Ruth Brown and Jerry Stiller.
Friday 15 August 9.30pm
A Dirty Shame (USA, 2004)
An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore. Stars Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair.
Saturday 16 August
John Waters presents: Films of Bad Taste MARATHON
1.25pm: Pink Flamingos (USA, 1972)
3.10pm: Polyester (USA, 1981)
4.45pm: Cry-Baby (USA, 1990)
6.15pm: Hairspray (USA, 1988)
7.55pm: A Dirty Shame (USA, 2004)