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Studio 54 - Closing Night - CottFilmFest 2019

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1970s New York. One nightclub defines an era and a generation: Studio 54.

Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer Cast: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager
Runtime: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA |
Language: English
Trailer: https://youtu.be/N-tAZD7TpU4

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 Tyrnauer 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. This bracing story reveals how even the most culturally potent and transformative phenomena can be vulnerable and fleeting. 

*** Dress to impress to win some fabulous prizes, then get your groove on with special guest performances from Disk Jock Boogie, DJ Chase and Sienna Cate. Glittering as vibrantly as a disco ball, Sienna Cate will tear up the dance floor with her vocal tribute to the hedonistic Studio 54. The knockout blonde bombshell is performing in her hometown after her recent US debut at Studio at The Palms Las Vegas, where the Perth teenager left the audience begging for more. Diana Ross, Grace Jones and Blondie rocked Studio 54, now Sienna Cate will channel the very heart of disco and soul for you for one night only.

From 5pm each night, guests can enjoy live music and a picnic dinner on Cottesloe Civic Centre’s beautiful manicured lawn, while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. In addition to pizza and John St Cafe’s highly-sought after Italian donuts and coffee, guests can now choose from a delicious array of burgers, burritos and nachos from the street food gurus, Clean Tasty Dirty.

EFTPOS available. Don't miss HAPPY HOUR from 5PM! No BYO alcohol. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the bar will be stocked with Forester Estate wines, Pirate Life beers and Aperol Spritz cocktails, as well as a section of soft drinks, juice and Carton Water.

Part proceeds to Cottesloe Coastcare Association! Tickets and gift certificates are now on sale. For more information, visit www.cottfilmfest.com.


5.00 - 11.00pm Saturday, 16 February


Cottesloe Civic Centre
Napier Street
Cottesloe, Western Australia


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