Picture it. A sultry, summer’s evening in 1969. Gays and drag queens gather at the Stonewall bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. Judy Garland has just died. Everyone is in a pissy mood. Then the police decide to raid the bar just one more time for old time’s sake. And the queens – for once – are not having it and start fighting back sparking a couple of days rioting. Fun rioting. No deaths but lots of torched cars and some smudged lip-lines.
In 1995 Nigel Finch made a movie of said rioting, focusing on the drag queens (lots of lip-synching to Shangri-Las songs) and a young hottie who falls in with them. It was pure cheeeenius. Now Roland Emmerich, the man who directed Independence Day of all things, has decided it’s his turn to have a go and has chosen Jeremy Irvine of War Horse fame to star. We wait with baited – but minty fresh! – breath.
But watch that trailer for the old one. So good it’s almost evil.
So there's to be a film about Stonewall. But can it come anywhere near the fabulousness of the 1996 movie Stonewall? We doubt it,