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Guilty Film Pleasures at the Barbican

Guilty pleasure lovers rejoice! According to a recent study by the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (yup, them), enjoying trashy films means you probably have an above-average education and can be considered a ‘cultural omnivore’. So there’s really no need to feel any shame at your next Sharknado marathon. Thankfully, the Barbican are here to help develop your bad taste with a host of cinematic delights in “Cheap Thrills: Trash, Movies and the Art of Transgression”. Think Boogie Nights, Fat Girl and, of course, Female Trouble by the ‘Pope of Trash’ himself, John Waters. If you enjoy a smutty giggle with your slice of psychoanalytic film theory, then some tarnished gems await you in this 9-day season of quality trash. If you’ve never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine’s disastrous attempt an open relationship, or Charlotte Rampling’s iconic S&M Nazi romp, then you’re in for a treat.

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Travel: Barbican tube

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