54: The Director’s Cut

Gay Essential Review, 54: The Director’s Cut at BFI Flare

In 1998 Mark Christopher’s 54, a film about New York’s legendary disco club Studio 54, was released to dismal reviews. The film Christopher originally wrote and shot was a gritty behind the scenes exploration of pre-AIDS hedonism in New York, the centre of the universe. The studio that released the film, Miramax ordered 40 minutes removed from the film and 30 minutes worth of reshoots. The result not only sanitized the film, but fundamentally changed the characters. We the public were expecting something alike Boogie Nights, wild and a representation of the late 1970s time period.