‘Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!’ – Babs Johnson, ‘Pink Flamingos’, 1972
It’s time to get down and dirty this weekend as Amy Grimehouse is putting on a 12-hour homage to the ‘Pope of Trash’ aka the legendary film director John Waters. For those unfamiliar with the wild work of Waters, you may know him from movies including the original ‘Hairspray’ (not the one with John Travolta – although that was based on his film), ‘Serial Mom’, ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘A Dirty Shame‘. But these are just the tip of the JW iceberg – his earlier work is a wonderfully weird world of depravity, decadence, debauchery and dog shit-eating (yes, really). But don’t let that put you off. His films are hilarious, crazy, subversive and brilliant fun.
So Waters fans, cancel your plans this Saturday March 29 because from 3pm-3am, the Islington Metal Works is becoming one big palace of filth for London’s finest hair hoppers, juvenile delinquents and filth-mongers. There will be film screenings, trampolining, a Hefty Hideaway Ball complete with Corny Collins dancing classes, tea-bagging, ‘Pecker’-style photo booths, music, dancing and some serious dressing up. Channel your favourite character and you could even win the prestigious title of the ‘filthiest person alive’.
I’ll be the one channeling Traci Lordes in ‘Cry Baby’ (as below). See you there. Sonya Barber
There’s only a few tickets left so book now at amygrimehouse.eventbrite.co.uk. And now over to John for some wise words: