STUDIO 54 The Documentary
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Wednesday 19th December, 2018
• 6.15pm BUY TICKETS SOLD OUT
• 8.30pm BUY TICKETS SOLD OUT
8.30 session inc. surprise guests performances
Golden Age Cinema + Bar, Surry Hills
Presented by Groovescooter
“Nothing This Fabulous Could Last Forever”
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism – A monumental magnet for beautiful stars, casual sex, and mounds of cocaine, a den of excess that defined its own rules and enshrined the ostracised, queer, and fabulous. Matt Tyrauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) chronicles the rise and fall of this nightclub’s founders: two best friends from Brooklyn, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who conquered New York only to have it crumble before their eyes.
With rare footage , a parade of colourful patrons and staff, the brutally honest interviews with Schrager himself, Studio 54 is a riveting study in contradictions. Inside the palatial theater-turned disco, the crowd reveled 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 naivete and unbridled ambition – yet those same instincts managed to destroy it. This bracing story reveals how even the most culturally potent and transformative phenomena can be vulnerable and fleeting.