UQ cult film screening: The Room
Ellee McClymont | On 07, Oct 2013
So bad itâ€™s good.
The University of Queenslandâ€™s Schonell theatre is playing host to some very interesting cinema this month, and first up is Tommy Wiseauâ€™s accidental cult masterpiece, The Room.
If youâ€™ve never seen or heard of The Room, let me take a moment to indulge you.
The Room was the brainchild of eccentric artist, Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, which screened to a small Los Angeles audience in 2003.
The Room is simply indescribable. I have never encountered a movie with more glaring plot holes, shoddy acting, and obscure one-liners like, â€œLeave your stupid comments in your pocket.â€
While Tommy now claims that his movie is a black comedy and not, ‘a film with the passion of Tennessee Williams’, Wiseau owes much of his success to The Roomâ€™s cult status as one of the worst dramas ever made.
The wheels of The Roomâ€™s infamy were set in motion from the moment patrons demanded their money back from the 2003 premiere â€“ word got around, and by 2009 The Room was showing to sold-out theatres of up to 1000 people across America, Britain and Australia.
How does a film so bad gain a cult following amounting to dolls, a video game and even its own viewing guide?
The beauty of The Room lies in the audienceâ€™s ability to embrace the weirdness and laugh along with the travesty on screen.
In a similar fashion to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, viewers are encouraged to throw spoons at key points, yell commentary, and even sing along â€“ The Room is truly an interactive movie experience.
I wish I could tell you what The Room is actually about, but even after two viewings, and some strenuous mental activity, I still donâ€™t know. Perhaps it’s better that way.
What I do know however, is that if youâ€™re free this Wednesday and in need of a good laugh, bring your spoons and an open mind to the Schonell Theatre.
I promise you, itâ€™s worth it.
Details: The Room
Where: Schonell Cinema and Live Theatre (Union Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia)
When: Wednesday 9th October, 7pm
Price: $10 (available at the door)
Print off a viewing guide here
For more information on cult movie screenings at the Schonell theatre, visit the Cinetastic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/schonellcult