POPE OF TRASH IN THIS FILTHY WORLD
“Pope of Trash”, a title given to infamous American film maker John Waters by author William Burroughs. A title which sums up most of Waters films. While most people probably don’t recognise Water’s by name or know many of his films (as most of them were banned) he is probably one of the most influential film makers of the century who has made a huge impact on all films made to this very day. This is mostly to do with the whole reason why most of his films got banned, which is censorship. Water’s films were some of the first films ever to contain nudity, sex scenes, homosexuality, sexual fetishes, cross dressing, trans gender, murder, incest, cannibalism, rape, drugs and swearing and all in one film.
When his first major transgressive black comedy film ‘Pink Flamingos’ come out in 1972 it was surrounded with controversy which lead it to became one of the most notorious cult films ever made with it’s shocking range of taboo scenes even by todays film standards. Waters is also an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector. With a career that has spanned over 40 years he is now sharing his experiences and stories in his one man show titled “This Filthy World”.I saw him last year when This Filthy World came down to the Arts Centre. As a fan, I found him very insightful, amusing and interesting to listen to. He talked about how he started making films with his friends for fun and the issues he had with censorship as well as some behind the scene insights into his films and the characters. His fans were equally as amusing with some of them dressing up as characters from his movies and asking him to “sign their butt”.
This Filthy World is a great show that I highly recommend for any John Waters fan or film fanatic. If you’re not familiar with John Waters work then I highly recommend for you to watch some of his films which range from the original 1988 family friendly ‘Hairspray’ or the more bizarre, trashy and controversial ‘Pink Flamingos’.