Studio 54 was the epicentre of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolise an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind one of the greatest clubs of all time.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: Mamoon
Mamoon (an Arabic name meaning ‘without fear’) follows the story of a mother and child, whose lives descend into darkness when the moon mysteriously loses its light. As their own light begins to fade, the mother must work out how to save her child, using a mysterious red glow. This BAFTA-nominated short is a melancholic and haunting animation inspired by the horrific plight of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.