This Filthy World

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This Filthy World
John Waters by David Shankbone.jpg
John Waters
Directed by Jeff Garlin
Produced by Jeff Garlin
Written by John Waters
Starring John Waters
Music by Jared Gustaldt
Lukas Kaiser
Cinematography Daniel Shulman
Edited by Jared Gustaldt
Rob Naylor
Distributed by Red Envelope Entertainment
Release date
November 24, 2006
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

This Filthy World is a one-man show/documentary film by John Waters concerning his origins in the trash genre and his successful career navigating Hollywood. It was filmed at the Harry DeJour Playhouse in New York City in 2006.[1]


The film version is Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters. Waters talks for an hour and a half about different subjects that made him into who he is today while standing on a stage decorated with a pile of trash, some roses, and a confessional. Waters starts off by talking about his earliest negative influences. He then begins talking about directors of the macabre that inspired him on what to do with his films. He then talks about filmmaking experiences on each and every one of his films and tells stories about some of the Dreamlanders. He discusses sexual fetishes, court trials he has visited, how to make books cool again, and more. The last topic he speaks of is his hometown of Baltimore and all the things he has experienced there.



This Filthy World received positive reviews, currently holding an 86% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] On Metacritic, the film has a 68/100 rating, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3]


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