A casual screening of Tod Browning's 1932 cult film 'Freaks'
Audiences for KooKoo the Birdgirl later the same day are invited to see the film that has inspired Sarah Houbolt's show. 2005 DVD blurb below:
'Gobble-gobble...we accept her...one of us', goes the haunting chant of Freaks. Yet it would be decades before this widely banned morality play gained acceptance as a cult masterpiece. Tod browning (1931'2 Dracula) directs this landmark movie in which the true freaks are not the story's sideshow performers but 'normals' who mock and abuse them.
Browning, a former circus contortionist, cast real-life sideshow professionals. A living torso who nimble lights his own cigarette despite having no arms or legs, microcephalics (whom the play calls 'pinheads') - they and others play the big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans.
In 1994, Freaks was selected for that National Film Registry's archive of cinematic treasures.