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Relaxed Screening (Autism Friendly): Hairspray

In the “Pope of Filth’s” most commercially successful film, John Waters is at his best directing an eclectic cast of musicians (including Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono), actors and drag queens in 1960s Baltimore, where dance-loving teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show, a popular American Bandstand-style programme, watched by thousands of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it is the ultimate status symbol and every young girl’s dream, and when Tracy wins a featured spot, she decides to make her mark by leading a movement to racially integrate the show.

In typical Waters style he notes: “It was a sneak attack. It was a Trojan horse. It was the only radical movie I ever made, because it snuck in middle America. And they didn’t notice. I mean, they didn’t notice the message.”

What is a relaxed screening?
Relaxed events are designed for people  with autism spectrum conditions and their families so they can enjoy the arts together in a stress-free environment. These events are also suitable for people with sensory conditions or learning difficulties.

For this event, we will keep the cinema lights on low and turn the volume down a little. There will be no trailers or advertisements before the film starts and you are welcome to move around the cinema if you want to. A separate chill out space will be provided if you need some time out of the screening.

Our access programme is supported by:

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