|01.03. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3|
|03.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1|
Director chronicles the rise and fall of this nightclub’s founders: two best friends from Brooklyn, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who conquered New York City only to have it crumble before their eyes. With rare footage, a parade of colourful patrons and staff, and brutally honest interviews with Schrager himself, Studio 54 is a riveting study in contradictions. Inside the palatial theatre-turned-disco, the crowd revelled in an atmosphere of total acceptance, whether drag queen, octogenarian, waiter, or celebrity. Yet outside, a frenzied, excluded mob yearned to be noticed by the doorman and ushered into the sanctum of pulsating love. Schrager and Rubell’s glittering creation sprang from carefree naiveté and unbridled ambition – yet those same instincts managed to destroy it.
Matt Tyrnauer is a writer, director, producer, and award-winning journalist residing in Los Angeles. His recent films include Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2016); Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; and Jean Nouvel: Reflections, which premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival and Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.
Matt Tyrnauer, John Battsek, Corey Reeser
Altimeter Films, Passion Pictures
Festivals & Awards:
Athens International Film Festival 2018; Golden Trailer for Best Documentary Poster; IndieLisboa 2018; IDA Documentary Awards 2018 – nominee
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