The Beginner’s Guide: John Waters, Director

Rarely is a filmmaker as entrenched in infamy as John Waters. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946, the king of counterculture became known in the 1970s for his creative collaborations with the equally infamous Divine and his gang of Dreamlanders. He began work as a director with a series of experimental short films including Hag In A Black Leather Jacket (1964) and the Andy Warhol-inspired Roman Candles (1966).

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Lauren is 20 years old and is a Multimedia Journalism student based in Glasgow, Scotland. She is originally from the Shetland Isles and has held a lifelong interest in film, which she documents on her blog She loves Back to the Future and wishes people would stop paying to see Michael Bay movies.