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49 Ratings


Directed by Ron Peck
United Kingdom, 1978
Drama, Romance, LGBTQ+


A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

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Nighthawks Directed by Ron Peck

Critics reviews

A landmark in LGBTQ literature, Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance (1978) stands as the first great disco novel, vivified with descriptions of gay revelers moving to the rhythm en masse. Ron Peck’s quietly revolutionary debut feature, Nighthawks, also from 1978, takes a less sanguine view: here the dance floor becomes a space of both lusty liberation and disheartening ritual.
June 26, 2020
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In what’s now regarded as the first British film to paint an empathetic portrait of gay life in 70s, Peck shoots with a documentarian’s eye scenes of both communal empowerment and isolation. The film’s formal language (reverse shots, continuity editing, et cetera) betrays its fiction roots, but its sense of intimacy and of-the-moment milieu make it one of queer cinema’s most evocative documents.
April 22, 2015
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