Mommie Dearest (12A) + intro
Date: Sunday 5th August
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
Some films are so outrageous - so completely over-the-top - that they actually beggar belief. 1981 movie Mommie Dearest might be one of the most entertainingly outrageous films of all time, a mind-bogglingly crazy adaptation of Christina Crawford’s memoir about her abuse at the hands of her mother Joan that turns real-life pain into camp horror.
Faye Dunaway’s performance as Joan Crawford is still shocking today. Scenery is chewed up and spat out in a collection of bonkers scenes that have now afforded the film cult status, from Dunaway’s freak out about wire coat hangers to a laughably poor physical battle with her daughter, eyes popping and neck veins pulsating. It’s a role that effectively ended Dunaway’s career in a blaze of badly acted glory.
Now afforded camp classic status, (John Waters even supplied an audio commentary to the DVD release), Mommie Dearest has been embraced by the LGBTQ+ community, so we're pleased to welcome SHOUT festival co-ordinator Adam Carver to introduce both the film and its queer legacy.