To celebrate American filmmaker John Waters’s return to Melbourne for his live show Make Trouble, Rooftop Cinema, on top of Curtin House, is putting on a free screening of his cult classic Pink Flamingos.
The film – which was initially banned in Australia and Switzerland; and in select provinces in Canada and Norway – stars drag queen Divine, hding out in a Balitimore trailer as "Babs Johnson" with her 250-pound mother and her criminal son, after being deemed the Filthiest Person Alive. Hitchhikers are impregnated, school kids are sold heroin, and chickens are crushed in the throes of passion – it's not for those with weak stomachs.
The event will be hosted by bearded diva Frock Hudson, plus there are door prizes for the filthiest costumes, a disco soundtrack and special Pink Flamingo cocktails (a mix of vodka, sparkling pick grapefruit juice and hibiscus flower with flamingo swizzle sticks). Northcote bakery All Are Welcome will be serving its delicious brownies, shaped as dog poo to reflect a particularly infamous scene in the film.
The proceeds from the brownies will go to the Equality Project, a national health promotion organisation fushing for a fairer society for LGBTQI Australians and their allies.