Listen again: 26th March 2013

VITO-1Rosie met director Jeffrey Schwarz, who made the documentary “Vito”. It portrays the gay rights activist Vito Russo, who brought us the “Celluloid Closet” as a book, which was made into a film in 1995. Jeffrey tells us how much Vito shaped the LGBT community from the 1970s until his early death in the 1990s. He experienced Stonewall, the first steps of the gay rights movement, the repressive times of the 1980s and the fight against AIDS. We also learn more about Vito’s “Celluloid Closet” and hear how times have moved on – or perhaps not in Hollywood. “Vito” will be available on DVD from 25th March 2013 and you can follow Jeffrey Schwarz on Twitter @schwarzjeffrey. Below the full-length interview, which had to be shortened for the broadcast.

Down the line from the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is Hannah Quigley, Associate Director of  “Vanessa and Virginia”, who introduces us to a new play about Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell. The play is based on Susan Seller’s book of the same name and traces their lives from Victorian childhood to bohemian adulthood as seen through Vanessa’s eyes. The show premiered at a Virginia Woolf conference in Provence, France and can now be seen in London for the first time. “Vanessa and Virgina” is produced by Moving Stories and runs at the Riverside Studios from 26th March to 14th April 2013 and combines original music, poetic texts and the heart, soul and human stories of the two sisters.

Click here to listen to the interview with Jeffrey Schwarz

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Ian Shaw: ‘Feet Do Your Stuff’ from the album “A Ghost In Every Bar”

2) Heather Peace: ‘Fight For (Jack Guy Remix)’ from the album “Fairytales”

3) Owen Pallet: ‘Lewis Takes Off His Shirt’ from the album “Heartland”

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