Competition Time: Tickets To See Studio 54 The Documentary In The IFI

Studio 54 The Documentary puts the audience at the heart of the dance floor and we want to send you and a friend along to see it.

Poster for Studio 54

Irish Film Institute (IFI) in association with GCN present Studio 54 The Documentary.

Are you ready for your own VIP access beyond the velvet rope? We have four pairs of tickets to attend a glitzy screening of Studio 54 at the IFI this Saturday.

Just answer the question below to be in with a chance of winning.

The legendary Studio 54 made its debut on the New York nightclub scene in 1977 and remained open for just thirty-three months; a disproportionately brief period in relation to the impact it made.

Conceived, built and operated by two friends from college, Studio 54 brought the disco music scene out of the gay subculture and helped it become a crossover phenomenon.

Liza Minelli, Bian c a Jagger, Andy Warhol, and Halston at Studio 54. Photographer: Adam Schull.
Liza Minelli, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, and Halston at Studio 54. Photographer: Adam Schull.

Studio 54 was the epicentre of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub but also came to symbolize an entire era.

Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society.

Now, forty-one years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, Director Matt Tyrnauer (Citizen Jane, 2017) puts the audience in the heart of the dance floor, with this feature documentary that tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Performers at Studio 54. Photographer: Allan Tannebaum
Performers at Studio 54.
Photographer: Allan Tannenbaum

On making the documentary, Tyrnauer said: “From the inception of this film, I saw Studio 54 as a way to tell the story of a particular, and now very distant-seeming, period of the later part of the 20th century—the time that began with the sexual revolution touched off by the Pill in the early 1960s, and culminating with the tragedy of the HIV-AIDS crisis, starting in the early 1980s.

“The 33 months which comprise the prime of Studio 54’s life were the last, volcanic burst of exuberance of this time of unique freedom–that freedom having been vanquished with the advent of HIV-AIDS. For this reason, as well as the milieu of New York City in the mid-1970s, I made up an imaginary genre, to guide us in making the film: Disco Noir.”

Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell outside Studio 54. Photographer: Allan Tannebaum
Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell outside Studio 54. Photographer: Allan Tannenbaum

This special screening on Saturday, June 16th at 20.40 will be introduced by DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, who will later be spinning iconic tunes in Mother Club at a Disco 54-themed after-party.

And that’s not all! All cinema attendees can avail of €5 entry to Mother party before midnight!

Studio 54 is at the IFI from Friday, June 15th. Get tickets here.

To win just answer the following question, deadline for entry is Thursday, June 14:

When did Studio 54 make its debut on the New York nightclub scene?

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