It’s certainly worth making a new movie about the Stonewall riots, as while most people have heard of them, even many gay people have no idea what actually happened, beyond the fact it’s the place where the modern gay rights fight is said to have started.
While this trailer suggests Roland Emmerich’s movie might have a slightly simplified take on the events of Stonewall (it is keen to say it’s inspired by events of June 1969, rather than being based on real characters), it still looks like it might be pretty interesting and entertaining.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.’
Joey King, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Atticus Dean Mitchell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman co-star. The movie is out in the US on September 25th.