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Sinematek presents - HAIRSPRAY (1988)

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318 Saint Georges Road

Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

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“Hair is politics in Baltimore, you define yourself by your hair.” - John Waters

The year is 1962 and all Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) wants to do is dance on The Corny Collins Show, to the chagrin of her parents (played by the extraordinary Divine and Jerry Stiller). Having wowed the judges and earning her a place on the show, Tracy becomes a hit with audiences, and a rival to fellow dancer Amber von Tussle and her stage parents (played by the equally extraordinary Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono). Once in the limelight, Tracy can’t ignore the causes close to her heart, and begins to vocalise the need for integration of black kids dancing on the show - after all, all the white kids are dancing to black music! Met with resistance from producers and her teachers at school, Tracy aligns herself with the black kids in her special education class who introduce her to Motormouth Maybelle (Ruth Brown, aka The Queen of R&B in real life), who hosts the monthly “Negro Day” on The Corny Collins Show. Together, Tracy and her band of hip-shaking friends make a stand for racial integration in an attempt to get everyone dancing to the same beat.

HAIRSPRAY is considered one of John Waters mildest films, and is one of his last collaborations with friend and muse Divine, who died shortly after filming. Although a commercial disappointment upon release, the film became a cult classic on home video in the 90’s leading to a hit Broadway adaptation and subsequent Hollywood remake - which pales in comparison to the original! Chocked full of 50’s and 60’s rhythm and blues music, HAIRSPRAY is a surefire crowd pleaser which will keep toes tapping and a smile permanently implanted on your dial.

So come round out 2017 with a fun one!

The films kicks off at 6:00pm, with pre-film banter commencing at 5:30pm.

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