VELVET GOLDMINE at Tribeca Film Festival 2022

Director Todd Haynes announces plans for re-release.

Last night at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the glam rock indie classic Velvet Goldmine was screened for an audience as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 1998 film stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Brian Slade, a glam rock era David Bowie-esque figure who creates an alter-ego called Maxwell Demon. In 1974, after a publicity stunt goes wrong, Slade disappears. Ten years later, a reporter (Christian Bale) is assigned to write a story on Slade. In doing so, he visits Slade’s former wife, Mandy (Toni Collette), and fellow glam rocker Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor). The story structure of interviews and flashbacks creates a narrative that resembles Citizen Kane only with a lot more sex, drugs, rock n roll, and glitter–lots and lots of glitter.

Director Todd Haynes and actor Micko Westmoreland were on hand to take questions from reporters on the red carpet. In a candid interview with No Rest for the Weekend’s Kayla Vera, Haynes announced the film had been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and is planning a re-release. “Sony Pictures Classics just acquired it… so that’s underway.”

The director didn’t go into details as to the date of the re-release, but if you’re looking to stream it, Apple has the film listed as available to pre-order for release on June 28th. Recently, Vogue listed Velvet Goldmine as one of the 38 Best Queer Films of All Time, so it could be the perfect picture for your pride month celebration.


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