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‘Stonewall’ Riots Movie Set for Sept. 25 Release

Roadside Attractions has given an awards-season release of Sept. 25 to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” set amid the 1969 riots of the same name.

Emmerich directed from Jon Robin Baitz’s script. The story is set at a local watering hole, the Stonewall Inn, where a rage begins to build among gays, lesbians and drag queens over discrimination and repeated police harassment. Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp star.

Producers are Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman and Carsten Lorenz, and executive producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban. The film also stars Joey King, Karl Glusman and Vladimir Alexis.

“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” Emmerich said. “It was the first time gay people said ‘Enough!’ They didn’t do it with leaflets or meetings, they took beer bottles and threw them at cops. Many pivotal political moments have been born by violence.”

“What struck me was that there was a story in there, which I felt had an important message – it’s the people who had the least to lose who did the fighting, not the politically active people,” Emmerich added. “It was the kids that went to this club that consisted of hustlers and Scare Queens, and all kinds of people that you think would never resist the police, and they did it.”

The film was shot in and around Montreal in a recreated Greenwich Village constructed in a former train repair facility.

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