Dirty Dancing plus book launch and Q&A Cert. 12A Picture house at FACT

  • Released1987
  • Running time101 minutes
  • DirectorEmile Ardolino
  • CastJennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze

In many ways, a routine teen-flick with its '60s setting, sex, rock 'n' roll and interfering stereotypical adults; but after many movies trading on the oats-sowing traumas of male adolescence, here's one that looks at a young girl's sexual adventures in a serious manner. College-bound 'Baby' (Grey), on holiday with her parents at a Borscht-Belt hotel, meets the resort's resident dancer (Swayze) and ends up taking his injured partner's place in a show. This involves being coached to professional standard in just a few days, leading to some movingly coy scenes as the two fall in love and into bed. A safe combination of laughs, tears and an improbably happy ending, but sensitive performances, a burning rock 'n' roll soundtrack and sleazy choreography carry the day. (Time Out Film Guide)

Dirty Dancing Night

The year 2012 marked the 25 year anniversary of the release of Dirty Dancing. A low-budget independent film made by a now defunct video company in the late 1980s, Dirty Dancing became a sleeper hit with a huge, primarily young audience. Since then its reputation has grown steadily, while its recent adaptation for the stage brought the story of Baby and Johnny to the attention of an even wider audience. Dirty Dancing Night will celebrate this much beloved film. Following a screening of the film, Dr Yannis Tzioumakis (Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media, University of Liverpool) and Dr Siân Lincoln (Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, Liverpool John Moores University) editors of a book dedicated to the film entitled The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture (Wayne State University Press, 2013) will lead a Q&A session. They will also be joined by Professor Claire Molloy (Edge Hill University) and Dr Tim McNelis (University of Liverpool) who contributed to the book. The launch of the book and a drinks reception will follow in the bar area. 

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