Back in 1969, the gay rights movement was only just beginning and Stonewall is taking us to the start. The first trailer for Roland Emmerich's new drama promises a dramatic, heartbreaking journey leading up to the New York City riots and there are plenty of reasons why this one should fill cinema seats later this year.
It doesn't expect you to know all about the riots
Judging by the first promo clip, Stonewall is going to take us through this one together, so if your LGBT history knowledge leaves a lot to be desired, don't be put off. We'll be learning through the eyes of Danny, kicked out by his parents for being gay, who finds himself at Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn after befriending some street kids, and is there when the police clashes kick off.
You're going to leave the cinema feeling inspired
If you've seen Milk and Pride, you'll know that this stuff is hard-hitting and the anger felt by the repressed gay community is impossible not to engage with. Short of throwing bricks through windows too, you're probably going to head into the real world with some new sense of purpose, and that's always a positive.
It's apt timing after the legalisation of gay marriage
After the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in June and the #LoveWins hashtag went crazy on Twitter, there's certainly an appetite for films about the LGBT struggle and Stonewall should do well as a result. It's where Pride began, after all.
Landmark LGBT TV moments
Landmark LGBT TV moments
1/9 EastEnders gay kiss - 1989
EastEnders becomes the first British soap to screen a kiss between two gay men. The Sun branded the landmark kiss between Colin and Guido as a “ love scene between yuppie poofs”.
2/9 Orange is the New Black – 2013
The Netflix series features lesbian and bisexual women of different colours and sizes, but its greatest accomplishment is the honest portrayal of its transgender character, Sophia Burset (played by Laverne Cox).
3/9 Brookside lesbian kiss - 1994
Brookside followed suit as the first to screen a lesbian kiss when Beth and Margaret shared a passionate embrace.
4/9 Lesbian lead on US TV - 1997
US TV gets its first ever lesbian lead, as Ellen Morgan (played by Ellen DeGeneres) came out in a special two-part episode of ABC's Ellen.
5/9 Primetime TV gets gay characters - 1998
Will & Grace debuts on NBC as one of the first primetime US series to feature lead gay characters. Actors Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes played Will and Jack on the successful show that ran for eight seasons.
6/9 First lesbian drama series - 2004
Television gets its first predominantly lesbian dramatic series in Showtime's The L Word.
7/9 Glee - 2009
Glee is the television show with the most number of regular and recurring homosexual characters, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Glee has won four Golden Globes, including a supporting actor nod for Chris Colfer—who played bullied open gay character Kurt Hummel.
8/9 Modern Family – 2009
The Emma-winning and progressive ABC series features an interracial and extended family along with leading gay characters Cam and Mitchell as the adored married couple.
9/9 E4's Cucumber, Banana and Tofu – 2015
Russell T Davies' recent trio of programmes bring a sensitive and serious yet funny portrayal of contemporary queer life with gay and lesbian lead characters—Henry and Scotty.
It's shot with beautiful vivid colours
Sure, this probably wasn't exactly how things looked back in the Sixties and Seventies, but the stunning look of Stonewall is enticing. So long as it doesn't distract from what the movie's about, we're fans of the cinematography here.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is doing his intense thing again
Jeremy Irvine looks like he'll be putting in a good performance as Danny, but it's Rhys Meyers who has us hooked as dedicated leader of the Stonewall movement, Trevor. "This is what we're fighting," he tells Danny as police storm the mafia-run club and we all want to fight with him.Reuse content