The Room (image 1)

You can laugh, you can cry, you can express yourself, but please don't hurt each other.

Tommy Wiseau

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Room 2003

Directed by Tommy Wiseau

Crowned by Entertainment Weekly as the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad Movies’, The Room has been slaying audiences now for seven years throughout the US and UK, with rabid fans screaming out lines and throwing props at the screen.

USA
99 minutes

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Todd Barron

Editor

Eric Yalkut Chase

Production designer

Mercedes Younger

Costume designer

Safowa Bright-Asare

Music

Mladen Milicevic

With

Tommy Wiseau (Johnny)
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Juliette Danielle (Lisa)
,
Greg Sestero (Mark)
,
Carolyn Minnott (Claudette)
,
Philip Haldiman (Denny)

Elsewhere

Crowned by Entertainment Weekly as the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad Movies’, The Room has been slaying audiences now for seven years throughout the US and UK, with rabid fans called Roomies screaming out lines and throwing props at the screen. The film is a $7m vanity project created by a cheerful narcissist named Tommy Wiseau, who’s like a muscle-bound, European version of Gene Simmons. No matter what you’ve already heard, nothing can prepare you for the once-in-a-lifetime big-screen experience of seeing actor/director/producer Wiseau mumbling his way through this excruciating love triangle about a kind-hearted banker, his best friend and his cheating bride-to-be. It has many unforgettable scenes, but keep your eyes peeled for pictures of spoons, close football tossing, characters vanishing and emerging and even one that announces ‘I definitely have breast cancer’ as a throwaway conversation starter. Unmissable. — AT