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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

May 16 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

United Kingdom | 1975 | 100 minutes | Jim Sharman

The longest-running theatrical release in history, which premiered at the first Seattle International Film Festival, returns for a special interactive celebration that includes goodie bags, subtitled lyrics, and more. Don’t dream it, be it.

May 16, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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It was great when it all began in 1976, at the first Seattle International Film Festival. That's where audiences got their first taste of what would become the longest running theatrical release in cinema history: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For our 40th anniversary, Midnight Adrenaline is inviting you to a very special night, an all-new interactive version of the daddy (and mommy) of cult cinema featuring custom goodie bags filled with props (including some new ones), subtitles for the most outrageous callbacks, and boisterous singing along from all. Be prepared for breakthroughs, elusive ingredients, and that...SPARK!

Based on the hugely popular London stage play, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is writer-producer Richard O'Brien's musical tribute to B-movies, sci-fi, ‘50s rock, and Hammer Horror, all filtered through the transgressive and camp attitudes of rock opera and punk. Tim Curry gives an iconic performance as the nefarious, cross-dressing Frank-N-Furter, who lures the milquetoast couple Brad and Janet (newcomers Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) into his debaucherous world. A flop when originally released, the film gained a second life through midnight screenings and a core audience of rabid fans who embraced a sweet transvestite's message of "Don't dream it…be it." 

Director Biography

Jim Sharman had directed stage productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar in his native Australia. His first film, the low-budget, sci-fi, rock and roll romp Shirley Thompson Versus the Aliens, provided the perfect background experience for directing The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Besides directing the film, he collaborated on the screenplay with Richard O'Brien, and happily reunited with the same creative team for the follow up Shock Treatment. Mr. Sharman has also directed the The Night, the Prowler, and currently lives and works in Australia, where he is very involved with the Sydney Opera House.

Sponsored by The Stranger, JACK-FM, Scarecrow Video

Director: Jim Sharman
Principal Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Meat Loaf
Country: United Kingdom, USA
Year: 1975
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Michael White
Screenplay: Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman
Cinematographers: Peter Suschitzky
Editors: Graeme Clifford
Music: Richard O’Brien, Richard Hartley
Awards: National Film Preservation Board (Official Selection), Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Hall of Fame)
Filmography: Shock Treatment (1981); The Night, The Prowler (1978); Summer of Secrets (1976); Shirley Thompson Versus the Aliens (1972)
Language: English
US Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
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