The New Globe Theatre will host a two-day movie retrospective to celebrate the career of transgressive filmmaker John Waters.

After a sell-out debut season in 2016, John Waters Fest is back for its second year in Brisbane.

“John Waters continues to be an inspiration to many,” says presenter Kristian Fletcher, “and his films continue to pack a punch with outrageous characters and biting social commentary.”

The event, which is officially recognised by Waters himself, will kick off at 6:30pm on Wednesday 19 April with the Queensland premiere of the newly restored Multiple Maniacs (1970), starring drag queen (and John Waters regular) Divine.

A black-and-white film made two years before Waters made his mark on the midnight movie circuit with Pink Flamingos in 1972, Multiple Maniacs is about a travelling show, The Cavalcade of Perversion, put on by a troupe of misfits. In other words, it’s definitely a John Waters movie.

Arrive early for drinks from the licensed bar, music from the soundtracks of John Waters, and the chance to see costumes and rare footage from throughout Waters’ career.

The program will continue on Sunday 23 April with a double feature of John Waters movies.

Pecker (1988), screening at 1:30pm, stars Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci and tells the story of a talented young photographer who enjoys snapping photos of his perverted Baltimore neighbourhood, and eventually finds fame in a world of pretentious New York City artists.

Polyester, the infamous ‘Scratch N Sniff’ movie, will screen in the ‘Odorama’ format at 3:15pm. You can bring your Odorama card from home, but if — for some wild reason — you don’t happen to have a gimmick scratch-and-sniff card for a movie made 36 years ago lying around at home, you can purchase one with your ticket.

Tickets for each day of the event at the New Globe Theatre (220 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley) cost $16, and are available at