Dawn Davenport spells trouble, and that is putting it mildly. The impetuous high school student – wonderfully played by actor, singer and drag queen Divine – throws a hissy fit when she gets the wrong cha-cha shoes from her parents for Christmas. In her fury, she tramples on the other presents, topples the Christmas tree, and flees the house, soon ending up in a world of crime and adventure, with theft, pregnancy, celebrity and... murder.
Female Trouble is less "sick and gory" than its predecessor, the cult classic Pink Flamingos, but it is equally outrageous. Director John Waters has loved society's seamy side and provocation since he was a child and turned the film world upside down with his first films. Female Trouble is dedicated to Manson Family member Charles "Tex" Watson, who inspired the film's "crime is beauty" theme. Waters later became known to a larger audience with Hairspray and Cry Baby.
Besides the screening of Female Trouble, this wonderful low-budget, comical, X-rated and extravagant film, more is happening this evening, this in collaboration with the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival. Details will follow later.