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White Wall Cinema in association with The University of Brighton for LGBTQ+ History Month presents...



DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein.

STARRING: Lily Tomlin, Quentin Crisp, Tony Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Gore Vidal, Shirley McClaine. Tom Hanks,  Susan Sarandon and more.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History month we are excited to bring you this special screening of this highly acclaimed documentary film (currently 97% on Rotten Tomatoes) from two time Oscar winners Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein (for The Times of Harvey Milk, & Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) based on the landmark Vito Russo book. The Celluloid Closet is a fun, fascinating and sometimes troubling journey through Hollywood's chequered on-screen history of LGBTQ+ representation and a powerful piece of cinematic history on its own terms and a must see for any film lover. 

A remarkable portrait of gay Hollywood's oppression, ingenuity and sense of humour, it focuses on a variety of subjects including cinema's history of censorship, its cruel stereotypes and 'coded' gay characters that were hiding in plain site in major Hollywood movies (speaking directly to gay viewers whilst being sure not to alert Christian censorship groups or even the general movie going public), through to the shift into more positive portrayals.


Narrated by the great Lily Tomlin (Nashville, 9 to 5, The West Wing) this remarkably entertaining, engrossing and touching documentary uses a collection of commentators including Quentin Crisp, Tony Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Gore Vidal, Shirley McClaine. Tom Hanks,  Susan Sarandon and more to showcase and dissect fabulous footage from more than 120 films including Some Like It Hot, Basic Instinct, Vanishing Point, Ben Hur, Thelma & Louise, Cruising, Rebecca, The Color Purple,  Spartacus, Cabaret, Philadelphia, Rebel Without A Cause and so many more.

This event is held in association with The University of Brighton, as such students and staff members can get hold of FREE tickets by following the special link.


DOORS: 7.10pm*

START TIME: 7.40pm*

RUN TIME: 107 mins

CERT: 15 

LOCATION: Wagner Hall (Regency Road, Brighton)


*Please note - doors open at 7.10pm in advance of screening time in order to give patrons extra time to purchase food & drink, enjoy our outside space / beer garden, take a look at our archive movie store and to allow gradual entry to your seats in a safe and easy way. Please try to allow extra time to get seated prior to the performance start time of 7.40pm. There will usually be no admittance from 20 minutes after the films stated start time. For more information about screenings and the venue please visit our Venue & Screenings Info page.

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