Film based on Stonewall riots set for autumn release

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A film about the birth of the modern gay rights movement has secured a distribution deal – which could see it released this autumn.

The director of Independence Day Roland Emmerich announced last year that he was shooting ‘Stonewall’, which tells the story of a man’s political awakening, amid the backdrop of the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York.

War Horse star Jeremy Irvine is the lead actor in the film, which also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp.

The film is now tentatively scheduled for a release in autumn, according to ScreenDaily, after the US distribution rights were acquired by Roadside Attractions. Goldcrest Films have the international rights for the film.

The Stonewall riots against a police crackdown on LGBT people are often regarded as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, giving their name to the UK-based charity Stonewall.

Howard Cohen of Roadside Attractions said: “Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall is an explosive, dramatic story set againstone of the monumental events of the twentieth century, The Stonewall Riots.

“Roadside is so proud to bring this stirring film to audiences.”

Mr Emmerich added: “I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now.”

“I am excited to work with Howard, Eric and the team at Roadside to get this film to audiences across the country. They have a unique approach to handling movies like Stonewall.”