01 March 2004
By SID PICKERING
Rocky Horror Picture
Show creator Richard O'Brien wants to bring fishnetted
fans from around the world to Hamilton next year.
The former Hamiltonian would like to stage the movie's annual
the city at the end of 2005 to mark its 30th anniversary.
He has faxed copyright holder Lou Adler for permission.
"I think it would be great, a lot of Rocky fans flying
to New Zealand for
the weekend," he said. "I will have future conversations
with him (Mr
Adler) -- I've no idea what he will say."
Rocky Horror conventions typically run for three days, and feature
people connected to the movie for fans to meet.
The call is certain to horrify some city councillors and members
public who were last week opposed to a statue commemorating
cross-dressing cult hero, Riff Raff, who Mr O'Brien played in
One city councillor feared Hamilton would become known as "queer
city" or "transexual town", and some letter writers to the
Waikato Times said it was
not suitable for children to see the statue.
Speaking from London, Mr O'Brien said those comments were generally
people standing on moral high ground... "those people generally
without climbing it".
Since its premiere in 1975, Rocky Horror has become arguably
most loved cult movie.
Though Mr O'Brien regards Rocky Horror as a "naive and
juvenile" work, he is
not bothered it will be what he is most remembered for.
"I don't think I have any choice in that particular matter...I
really back away from it, and I'd be rather loath to do so anyway."
Mr O'Brien emigrated to New Zealand from England as a 10-year-old
and returned to London at 22 to pursue a career in showbiz.
He said his days
watching B-movies in Hamilton's old Embassy theatre inspired
him to write
The city had changed markedly since his days as a Waikato Times
paper boy in
the early 1950s.
"I think it's fantastic...it's becoming very groovy."
The 61-year-old has had a long career in theatre and movies,
in Dark City, Ever After -- A Cinderella Story, and Spice World.
working on a screenplay for a movie set in Auckland he describes
as "Hitchcock meets Fear And Loathing In Los Vegas".
Mr O'Brien said it would be useful if the statue unveiling could
until next year to coincide with the 30-year anniversary. But
he did not
want to interfere with Perry Foundation's plans to use it to
mark its 50th
anniversary in Hamilton.