Part of Music City Mondays.
London, 1971. Flower Power is on the wane and floundering hippie troubadour Brian Slade feels out of step until experiencing the raw power of rock musician and exhibitionist Curt Wild at a live concert. Smitten and inspired, Slade rises from the ashes of fussy brocade, reincarnating as the ambiguous pop-rock god/dess of platinum dust with phoenix feathers, Maxwell Demon. His alluring androgynous imagery and the seductive sounds of his “glitter rock” seduce teenagers across the world, offering refuge for the weird and unwanted with the promise of an everything-goes hedonism. At the height of his fame and cultural influence, he plots a sensational demise to escape, alienating fans and falling into obscurity. On the 10th anniversary of the character assassination, journalist Arthur Stuart investigates Slade’s disappearance, inadvertently revisiting his own confusing teenage identity crisis and evolution.
“A cult classic and a touchstone of New Queer Cinema...it embodied the promise of glam rock. It was a fantasy of androgyny and sexual fluidity and freedom rolled in glitter. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t real, because the fantasy was more real than reality ever was.” —Jaya Saxena, GQ “The film was initially planned as a more conventional biopic, but [David] Bowie famously disapproved of the project and refused to grant Haynes the rights to his music…. But those creative restrictions may have been the best thing to happen to VELVET GOLDMINE. Freed from any pull toward historical accuracy (if he ever felt any in the first place), Haynes explores the singer’s early career from another angle: not what it means to be David Bowie, but what it means to be a David Bowie fan.” —Caroline Siede, A.V. Club
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