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John Waters: Make Trouble

The cult filmmaker and queer icon returns to Brisbane to dive into his 50-plus years in the business.
By Sarah Ward
June 11, 2019
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John Waters: Make Trouble

The cult filmmaker and queer icon returns to Brisbane to dive into his 50-plus years in the business.
By Sarah Ward
June 11, 2019
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The Pope of Trash is back, he's here to have a lively chat and you won't see anything quite like it this year. We're talking about John Waters, of course, with the  cult filmmaker, queer icon and all-round pop culture legend heading to Brisbane for a divine evening of revelatory reflections, eye-opening anecdotes and shameless secrets from a life spent making cinematic trouble. In fact, Make Trouble is the incredibly apt name of his live show.

Waters is the rare auteur who doesn't just craft vivid, transgressive, larger-than-life movies such as the notorious Pink Flamingos, big-budget hit Hairspray and black comedy Serial Mom — he's also as lively and fascinating as you'd expect based on his incredibly distinctive filmography. (And, he has a killer pencil-thin moustache.) Expect to dive into his 50-plus years in the business, hear about his time spent working with everyone from Mink Stole and Divine to Kathleen Turner and Patricia Hearst, and get an earful of insights into his opinions about today's chaotic existence. There'll be more topics of conversation, too; if there's one thing that Waters knows about, it's everything.

You'll laugh at his gleefully filthy tidbits (in fact, you might even cry from giggling so hard), and you'll also soak up the best kind of devilish yet worldly wisdom, all while spending an evening in the company of a talent like no other.

Timed just after the release of his latest (and ninth) book, The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, John Waters hits the Brisbane Powerhouse stage on Wednesday, October 16.

Image: Prudence Upton.

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