BFI Southbank will screen the BBC Film Stonewall (1995), not to be confused with the best forgotten 2015 Roland Emmerich film of the same, on Friday 28th June 2019 at 6.15pm. The special screening on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising will be introduced by the film’s writer Rikki Beadle-Blair and producer Anthony Wall.
Co-produced by Christine Vachon and directed by the late Nigel Finch, the film features Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis and Duane Boutte. As the BFI programme notes detail, “Finch wisely makes no attempt to tell a ‘definitive’ story; instead we experience events through the magical memories of Puerto Rican drag queen La Miranda (Diaz), whose colourful circle of friends reflects the multiplicity of queer identities behind this historic act of resistance.”
The evening will also feature a screening of short film Happy Birthday, Marsha! written and directed by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, about the iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The film stars Mya Taylor (Tangerine) as Marsha P. Johnson.
The details: Stonewall and Happy Birthday, Marsha! screen Friday 28th June at 6.15pm in NFT 1 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London. For more information and to book tickets head to the event page on the BFI website here.