Kellie is a film and travel addict that is always looking for new things to experience.
Fun way to see a cult classic
The Hayden Orpheum cinema in Cremorne has had some fantastic special events of late but without a doubt one of the most fun and outrageous events on their upcoming schedule has to be the screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday 11th October. Not only will they be screening this cult classic but stars of the film Barry Bostwick and Little Nell (also known as Nell Campbell) will be special guests on stage.
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Theatrical release poster
Directed by Australian Jim Sharman and based on the stage musical written by Richard O'Brien, who also plays Riff-Raff in the film, the big screen adaptation initially bombed on release in 1975. It was not until a few years later, when a New York cinema began midnight audience-participation screenings that the film took off internationally.
These famous screenings were not merely sing-a-long screenings, which with classics like The Time Warp, Hot Patootie, and Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me would have been a fun idea to start with; these screenings encouraged audience members to come dressed in full character clothing and props were handed out to accompany the story. These included rice for throwing during the wedding scene, water pistols for during the rain sequence, lights for shining during the song "Over At The Frankenstein Place" as well any other fun props that could be interpreted into the film or dialogue. Though the Orpheum screening will not be this interactive, I doubt they will allow rice or water pistols to be discharged in their beautiful art-deco main hall, it is still sure to be a blast. There will be a $100 cash prize for the best costume on the night though.
Anyone who grew up in the 80s would have grown up singing and dancing to the film; singing inappropriately about being a sweet transvestite and how they want to be dirty - or was that just me? The film really is all about the music as the storyline is very bizarre. The story's hero Brad Majors (played by Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (played by Susan Sarandon - in one of her earliest film roles) are newly engaged and while on their way home from a friend's wedding they experience car trouble. Looking for help they knock at the door of an old castle where they stumble across a strange celebration and find the residents are not your normal party goers. It was the first film role for the undoubted star of the film Tim Curry as the flirtatious and frightening transvestite scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter, and despite the film bombing Curry received rave reviews for his performance. The film also stars Charles Gray, famous as James Bond's arch-villain Blofeld, as well as Meat Loaf, back when he could sing, as Eddie. Australian Little Nell plays Columbia, one of Frank-N-Furter's groupies and Eddie's love interest.
This should be a great night out to revisit Transylvania; so men pull out your fish net stockings, corset and channel your sweetest transvestite. And ladies, pull out your white slip under-dresses and newspapers and go all Janet Weiss on the night. Tickets are $25.00; click here to purchase tickets online.