SOLD OUT Paris is Burning screening, with Shon Faye and Joseph Cassara
Tuesday 13th March 19:00 at London - Tottenham Court Road
Join novelist Joseph Cassara and LGBTQ activist and commentator Shon Faye, ahead of a screening of Jenny Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which directly inspired Joseph's gritty and gorgeous debut The House of Impossible Beauties. Named a "most anticipated novel of 2018" by Buzzfeed (Oneworld), it follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza.
Paris is Burning vividly captures the 80s Harlem ballroom scene (and also inspired Madonna’s legendary hit single ‘Vogue’). The film had a profound effect on Joseph when he first watched it as a young student. After years of feeling isolated by his sexuality, everything fell into place. It became a reference point he would go back to again and again over the years, the characters and their beautiful imperfections intriguing and eluding him all at the same time.
Joseph and Shon will discuss his book, this influence, and the importance of Paris is Burning (selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2016) to today's society.Tickets are £5 and books will be available to purchase at the event.
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