Timely Revival for Before Stonewall

With next year marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, it’s serves as a timely reminder to add some historical perspective to what life was like for the LGBT community before 1969.  Before Stonewall, the seminal documentary by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, is back in cinemas In a newly restored version over the summer, offering invaluable insight into how people lived and loved in America prior to that momentous event. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown, it features archive footage, movie clips and a wealth of personal accounts, including from Allen Ginsberg, Lisa Ben and Evelyn Hooker that prove to be both funny and moving. Taking us from 1920s Harlem through World War II  and the McCarthy era, this is the groundwork for a revolution that helped forge the Gay Rights Movement.

View the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xiq5YNk7zEw

Before Stonewall: screenings

12 August  –  Filmhouse, Edinburgh

13 August  –  Eden Court, Inverness

15 August  –  Regent St Cinema London

16 August  –  Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

24 August  –  Dundee Contemporary Arts

29 August  –  GFT, Glasgow

Before Stonewall is being screened as part of the Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68 which is touring across the UK in cities such as London, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, and Newcastle. Specially curated by Club Des Femmes in partnership with Independent Cinema Office, these are intersectional, queer and feminist stories of revolution sparked by social and political upheavals of May 1968 that still have resonance today, featuring work by international directors such as  Mai Zetterling, Ula Stöckl,  Agnès Varda and Pratibha Parmar

Full screenings details, including info on other films and events  available here:     https://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/tours/revolt-she-said-women-and-film-after-68/

Revolt She Said tour info:  http://www.clubdesfemmes.com/revolt-she-said/

For further information , contact:  Paul Smith   paulwsmithpr@gmail.com

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