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John Waters To Visit Sydney!

Written by Lauren Carroll Harris on September 21, 2011

Time to unleash your inner freak. John Waters is coming to town!

The brilliantly entertaining filmmaker, writer and shock auteur supremo, Waters is coming to Australia in October to perform his glorious one man show “This Filthy World”.

Waters, who directed the original “Hairspray” (1988) and “Pink Flamingo” (1972), will also curate a film festival, Double Features from Hell, in Sydney on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October at the Sydney Opera House. Waters will unleash his favourite feel-bad movies, based around the themes of ‘Shock’,’ Terror’, ‘Goddess’ and ‘Sex’, introducing each film and hosting a post screening Q&A.

Described as a vaudeville act, This Filthy World celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash”. Focusing on Waters’ early artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to filth followers everywhere.

Waters describes “This Filthy World” as “a self-help group for people who don’t need self-help. It’s to try to make you feel good about being nuts, which I think is important these days.”

Double Features from Hell film festival
Fri 21 – Sun 23 October, Sydney Opera House
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or

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