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So much more than a brilliant documentary about LGBTQ+ life in the USA before the 1969 Stonewall riots, Greta Schiller’s perception-changing film places its audience in the presence of legends in their own lifetimes.
From Queen of Lesbian Pulp Ann Bannon revealing Beebo Brinker’s secrets, to poet-activist Audre Lorde putting her finger on the essential moment the queer underground joined hands with the Civil Rights movement, the film travels from Harlem speakeasies to McCarthyism via Rosie the Riveter, showing a community and culture ready to explode by 1968.
Deploying a treasure trove of archive footage and historical songs laced with double entendres, this incredibly important documentary shows that we’ve always been here, been queer, and ready to riot.
Accompanying short film
We are delighted to make short films available to exhibitors booking specific features from Revolt, She Said at no extra cost. To accompany screenings of Before Stonewall we will be screening She Wanted Green Lawns.
Our advisory certificate for both films is 15.
She Wanted Green Lawns
Dir: Sarah Turner | UK | 1989 | 4 mins | available on digital download
Featuring the Carpenters song ‘Close To You’, this is an ode to love and fantasy from Sarah Turner, director of Public House (2015). Filmed in a gay bar, the roving camera hesitates on a woman’s face, on some lilies, on small groups of people drinking and enjoying themselves and on the proverbial kiss between two women. As if on cue, ten lesbians gather in line at the bar and nonchalantly perform a synchronised dance. A sublime fantasy, with pleasure as protest. If you would like to screen She Wanted Green Lawns alongside Before Stonewall, simply state this in your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.