Dawn Davenport would like to be famous. In John Waters’ Female Trouble, Divine plays Dawn, a juvenile delinquent on a life journey to becoming a “Crime Model.” Parodying the conventions of the melodrama, and traditional representations of beauty, femininity, and motherhood, Female Trouble is a dark comedy documenting the rising celebrity stardom of Dawn Davenport. In this session Elisa Padilla from the University of Sussex will examine the film's Genet-esque “Crime is Beauty” theme, the Bad Taste aesthetics and Divine's larger-than-life performance.
'If you are looking for a film to unearth your deepest, most subconscious fears – and to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone – then Female Trouble is for you. Plus, there are perks along the way, like eye-catching mise-en-scène and Divine in drag. This one is definitely not for the weak of heart, but do give it a try, if you haven’t already.' - Sophia Cowley
This film is being screened as part of the six week Queer Cinema course but can also be booked as a standalone event. Please note - if you are attending the introductory lecture please arrive at 19:30.