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2010 Event Media Release - John Waters This Filthy World

Media Release: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

John Waters to make his Sydney debut with This Filthy World

2 March
Concert Hall

“Waters' genial depravity, ear for a good line and fine comic timing easily engages…damn funny.” BBC

Tickets On-Sale December 4

America's royal raconteur John Waters will make his Sydney debut this Mardi Gras with his rapid-fire one-man show, This Filthy World.

A spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates his film career and joyously appalling taste, Waters will captivate audiences in the Concert Hall as part of Adventures 2010 for one show only on March 2.

Once called “The Pope of Trash” by William Burroughs, Waters will regale with stories about his origins in trash genre and his successful career navigating Hollywood.

Based on a documentary directed by fan and fellow actor/comedian Jeff Garlin, Waters has updated and expanded the material after critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals.

A joyously devious monologue, Waters elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

Gay references and wry observations about people's foibles and limits are constants.

After a few about his childhood and early influences, he roughly follows the chronology of his career as a film director, relating anecdotes about the making of each film and letting those stories lead him to riffs on other topics.

Waters' looks, too, are the butt of his jokes - he has retained his trademark pencil-thin moustache since the early 1970s - and of course there’s always audience participation with a question and answer section.

This Filthy World focuses on Waters' early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the
art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading. 

The provocative indie filmmaker is famed the world over for his trash epics including  Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester, Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented, and A Dirty Shame

Two of his more surprisingly commercial films, Hairspray and Cry Baby have been adapted for the stage.

Although he has apartments in New York City, San Francisco and a summer home in Provincetown, Waters still mainly resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where all his films are set.

In addition to writing and directing films, Waters has written five books including, Shock Value, Crackpot and Female Trouble. Clearly he has something to say.

Adventures is a curated series of international work at Sydney Opera House that stirs emotions, ignites debate, excites the mind and feeds the soul.
True originals, the performers in Adventures push boundaries, subvert genres and transform the way audiences see the world.

Date & Time: 2 March at 8pm
Venue: Concert Hall
Tickets: From $45
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or

Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 /
Waters will also appear at Hamer Hall, Melbourne on February 28 and Brisbane Powerhouse on March 1.


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