Cult film director John Waters’ 70th birthday will be celebrated with a weekend movie retrospective in Brisbane next month.

Waters, who turns 70 in April, is best known for directing the original Hairspray, and the infamous midnight movie Pink Flamingos.

The program will launch on Saturday 16 April at Fish Lane Studios, located on the second floor of the Fox Hotel (73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane), which will be converted into the ultimate John Waters-themed space. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the world of the ‘Pope of Trash’ with artwork, interactive exhibits, movie clips, posters, photographers and more.

There’ll also be a chill-out room, where you can watch rare interviews with Waters while having your make-up done in the style of Divine, the 300-pound transvestite who became an unlikely star after appearing in Waters’ films. (If that’s not the look you’re going for, you can have a Waters-style pencil moustache drawn on instead.)

Fish Lane Studios will play host to a ’60s dance party at 5pm; a screening of Hairspray, the Waters film that inspired the Broadway musical, at 7pm; a full-on Divine party at 8:30pm, with prizes for the best costumes; and a screening of Pink Flamingos — ‘hailed’ by Variety as “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made” — at 9:30pm.

The program continues on Sunday 17 April at New Farm Cinemas (701 Brunswick Street, New Farm) with a 4:45pm screening of Polyester. Originally presented in ‘Odorama’, Waters’ unique version of Smell-O-Vision, the film’s ticket price will include a scratch ‘n’ sniff card so audiences can participate with the movie.

Finally, the whole kooky cavalcade ends with John Waters Trivia at New Farm Cinemas from 6:15pm.

The event will be presented by Kristian Fletcher, who has shown a number of Waters’ films in Brisbane over the last decade.

“John Waters continues to be an inspiration to many and his films continue to pack a punch with outrageous characters and biting social commentary,” he says.

Waters himself has given the event his seal of approval.

“I can’t think of a better 70th birthday present than an Australian Filth Film Festival and party in honour of me,” he says.

“Kristian Fletcher is like an ambassador of cult movies and I’m proud to be with him and my fans in Brisbane!”

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