Film: Hairspray

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John Waters, 1988
92 Min. Cert PG.

This season of The Screen at Contemporary we look to the often overlooked, sometimes controversial and frequently subversive world of musicals where love, hate, sex and politics are played out through song, music and dance. Join us for SWAY!

In Baltimore in 1962 ‘pleasantly plump’ teen Tracy Turnblad becomes an overnight sensation after she gets a spot on The Corny Collins Show. A hilarious, kitsch and camp satire that pokes holes in American values while also being really fun, Hairspray looks at segregation, conventional standards of beauty and media control.

Presented with Reel Equality Film Club and a talk from Christina Newland author of She Found It At The Movies: Women Writers On Sex Desire & Cinema.

£5 per ticket, or any five tickets for £20. Tickets are available for purchase online. To book for five films, please call 0115948 9750.

Check out Broadway’s BFI Blockbuster Season of Musicals in November and December.