The story of one of the most influential people in gay rights historyVito Russo was just a 23-year-old film student when he inadvertently became a part of a riot in Greenwich Village that eventually defined a new era in the Gay Rights Movement. Over the next 20 years, he would be a pioneer for gay rights activism becoming one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community. He would also play a pivotal part in three key organisations in their early years: GAA (Gay Activists Alliance), GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). In the middle of all this, he was also a prolific writer, penning his seminal work ‘The Celluloid Closet’ exploring how the gay community was portrayed in film. He lectured, toured, wrote, spoke up, and acted out until his untimely death from AIDS in 1990.
Bonus: after the screening, there’ll be a panel discussion about Russo’s importance within recent American culture. Panellists include Brian Robinson from the BFI, Del Campbell from the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Rosalind Galt, a film scholar from the University of Sussex.
‘An emotionally powerful documentary portrait with an impassioned voice that befits its subject.’
- The Hollywood Reporter.
General admission, normally £13.75 per ticket. You will be charged £6.88 per ticket, which can be bought in pairs only (2 for the price of 1).