Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not quite like the other kids; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8 and 16mm films in the mid-’60s. He screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leaflet campaigns. As his filmmaking developed and his subject matters more shocking, his audiences grew bigger. By the early 1970s, John was making features, which were shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas. Major success came in 1972, with Pink Flamingos – a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste.
Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray in 1988. Waters fans also know that John is an author….
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