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John Waters Movie Marathon: Hairspray

Ricki Lake delivers a star-making turn as Tracy Turnblad, whose determination to win a regular slot on a twee Baltimore dance TV show sees her become an unwitting figurehead for the local civil rights movement. Divine gives a remarkably restrained performance as Tracy's downtrodden mother. He tragically died shortly after the film's premiere, though he at least lived long enough to see it earn him the best reviews of his career.

In many ways, Hairspray is the most shocking film in Waters' oeuvre – a family-friendly box-office success, which spawned a smash-hit musical now performed in schools all over North America. Waters calls it his 'Trojan Horse'. Like all of his films, it's an anti-authoritarian, pro-equality celebration of outsiders, but this one masquerades as a sweet-natured, 60s-set high-school movie.

Rated: PG / 1h 32min / Dir: John Waters / 1988

John Waters Movie Marathon

Join us for free film screenings that showcase the work of one of cinema’s leading innovators.

Friday, July 13

Cecil B. DeMented / 6:30pm / Studio Theatre
Desperate Living / 8:30pm / Studio Theatre
A Dirty Shame / 10:30pm / Studio Theatre

Saturday, July 14

Pecker / 2pm / Studio Theatre
Cry-Baby / 5:30pm / Studio Theatre
Hairspray / 7pm / Concert Stage

John Waters Triple-D

The quintessential Waters experience sees the infamous Divine in three back-to-back-to-back trash classics. Licensed event 19+.

Female Trouble / 6:30pm / Brigantine Room
Polyester / 8:45pm / Brigantine Room
Pink Flamingos / 10:45pm / Brigantine Room

Sunday, July 15

Serial Mom / 2pm / Brigantine Room




Saturday, July 14
Concert Stage
235 Queens Quay West
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