There’s always been a strong LGBTQ+ draw to the world of fright, and it’s really not difficult to see why. Horror, at its very core, is a genre of “otherness.” Often celebrating, venerating, or putting on display the plight of the outsider, horror creates a narrative that those who exist outside of the mainstream can easily identify.
Released in 1975 and directed by Jim Sharman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been entered into the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, and the National Film Preservation Board, USA. Shot entirely in Berkshire, England, the film features actors Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and many more.
Looking at Jim Sharman’s youth, it’s no surprise that a twisted and creative masterpiece like Rocky Horror would one day follow. Sharman was born in 1945 in Sydney Australia, and spent much of his young life traveling with the circus. Sharman’s love of circus gave birth to an appreciation for showmanship and theatre, leading him to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.