The Watershed and Bristol Bad Film Club are proud to announce a very special event with Greg Sestero, writer of The Disaster Artist, for a screening of the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad Films’ – The Room.
Greg Sestero is the co-star of cult film The Room and best-selling author of the ‘The Disaster Artist’, a memoir of his time as an aspiring actor in Hollywood, which led to his bizarre friendship with the mysterious and iconoclastic director of The Room, Tommy Wiseau.
The premise behind The Room is a simple one. It is the story of a banker named Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) who suspects that his fiancée Lisa may be sleeping with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero).
However, surrounding this simple love triangle is a car-crash of cinematic head-scratching conundrums. Various subplots are introduced and then either ignored or not resolved (such as the fact Lisa’s mother is suffering from cancer), rooftop screens are done with awful green-screen effects, scenes are frequently out of focus and then there are the two awkwardly long and incredibly unerotic sex scenes (the latter of which simply reuses footage from the first).
The cult film, which is the result of Tommy Wiseau’s vision (as well as playing the lead, he wrote, directed and financed the movie), is a perfect storm of badness. It has become a worldwide phenomenon which has attracted an army of loyal followers and has continued to play to sold out audiences at midnight screenings all around the world.
If you’ve never seen The Room, you will have at least heard of it and you owe it to yourself to finally see what all the fuss is about. Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it.
The event will also include a Q&A hosted by Timon Singh, programmer of the Bristol Bad Film Club as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary footage and a lot more.
When: 8.30pm, Fri 29th April
Location: The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
“Watching The Room is like crossing over to a counterfactual universe where the rules of film grammar and screenwriting have been written by Dan Brown.” Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
“A movie so bad, so inept, so unbelievably painful, it’s almost impossible to comprehend anyone thought it would be great on-screen…” Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
“If you experience brain damage as a result of watching this film, I disavow any responsibility whatsoever.” Sarah Boslaugh, Playback
“To make a movie that’s so bad it’s good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room’s writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.” Steve Rose, The Guardian