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Female Trouble (50th Anniversary)

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Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence.

Divine, director John Waters’ iconic muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport. The living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra “crime is beauty”, she progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to egomaniacal fame monster. Shot in Waters’ native Baltimore on 16mm, with a cast of regulars including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller, this film­ – Waters’ favourite of his work with Divine – offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

Content warning: contains depictions of child abuse and homophobic language.

“A timeless classic which broke the boundaries of queer cinema.” – Pink News

“One of John Waters’ best and most notorious movies.” – Dallas Morning News

“Waters smashes the bowdlerizing codes of Hollywood morality with self-consciously delirious parodies of classic Hollywood genres and tropes.” – The New Yorker

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About Female Trouble (50th Anniversary)
  • Community

  • Director

    John Waters
  • Writer

    John Waters
  • Cast

    Divine David Lochary Mary Vivian Pearce Mink Stole Edith Massey
  • Producer

    John Waters
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature Retrospective
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