Dir. John Waters 1970 USA 90 mins
In celebration of John Waters’ first visit to Belfast, Outburst presents a special one-off screening of his infamous 1970 film, Multiple Maniacs.
Starring the legendary Divine, Waters’ second feature has only ever been released on VHS, so this restored print offers a rare opportunity to see what is arguably his most outrageous and transgressive film.
Shot low budget and in low-contrast, grainy black-and-white, Multiple Maniacs opens with a carnival barker (David Lochary), attracting customers to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade Of Perversion. Curious passersby who take in the freak show are “treated” to a mutitude of bizarre and lurid specatacles,luring them to where Lady Divine can rob them.
Also starring Dreamland regulars Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce and Cookie Mueller, and featuring more than a few anarchic and jaw dropping moments, this is punk, provocative, queer, irreverent cinema at its best (and worst) and definitely not for those with delicate or refined sensibilities.
A rare treat for Waters fanatics.
Contains nudity, sexual content and strong language.
“Cheapo, indie, queer American cinema at its most adversarial and thrillingly vicious.” Globe and Mail
Friday 18th November