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John Waters: why the auteur of outrage won t joke about the Manson murders

The film-maker who built a career on bad taste makes fun of gay political correctness – but one subject remains off-limitsThe pope of trash, the prince of puke, the ayatollah of crud – in his 50-year career, film director John Waters has accrued an enviable array of hideous honorifics, all worn with pride. He is best known for his seminal countercultural comedies, each of them – from Pink Flamingos to Hairspray to Serial Mom – celebrating delicious deviance and alternative family values. His last feature was 2004’s A Dirty Shame and, though he’s still interested in film-making (a new feature, Fruitcake, has been seeking funding for a while and a sequel to Hairspray was commissioned by HBO but not produced), Waters remains sanguine about the forms he works in.“I just tell stories,” he tells me over the phone from Baltimore, his home town and geographic muse. “It doesn’t matter how.” Waters has increasingly focused on art and writing – a major retrospective has just opened at Baltimore Museum of Art and a new book, Mr Know-It-All, is out soon – and on live performing. That’s the reason we’re talking: Waters brings his one-man show, This Filthy World, to Liverpool this weekend as part of Homotopia, the city’s LGBT+ arts festival. Continue reading...

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