Episode 91

Dirty Dancing (ft Mark Asquith from Captivate)

Published on: 22nd April, 2021

On the surface, a fan-favourite coming-of-age movie told through the eyes of young, innocent, naïve Baby Houseman as she has the time of her life meeting sexy, "bad boy" dance instructor Johnny Castle on her family holiday to the Catskill Mountains in the summer of 1963. She learns to dance, he learns to love. It's all very romantic. It's a feeling, a heartbeat.

But, underneath it's more than that. Class divides, prejudice, discrimination, illegal abortion, sex - all the things that flew over my head when I first saw it aged 11-12. Dirty Dancing took big risks to come to the big screen, and it's those risks that make it an endearing classic, adored by millions, over 30 years later.

Joining me in my kinda dancing, is a brilliant partner. Mark Asquith only saw this movie for the first time last year - and loved it! He brings a unique perspective to the chat, and bizarrely, some watermelons....

Massive thanks to Mark for taking the time to guest on this podcast and make sure you check out his work! He's the CEO of Rebel Base Media, and I can attest that Captivate is a brilliant podcast host, so if you're looking for a new podcast host, you can sign up to Captivate. He also hosts Star Wars podcast Spark of Rebellion, as well as The Podcast Accelerator; a great show with loads of helpful hints and tips on podcasting. There's no spaghetti arms on this chap....

I would love to hear your thoughts on Dirty Dancing!

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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Hi. I'm Em. I love movies. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...

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