a film by Harry Lawson

Block9 presents the online premiere of MEAT RACK by Harry Lawson.

The NYC Downlow, Block9’s infamous queer club, first crashed onto the scene at Glastonbury Festival in 2007. Since then, this life-size, film-set replica of a New York Meat Packers Warehouse circa 1982, has grown in size and popularity and, though only in existence for a few days each year, it has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best clubs on the planet.

Filmed at Glastonbury in 2017 in celebration of The NYC Downlow’s 10th Anniversary, MEAT RACK is Harry Lawson’s personal tribute to a cultural phenomenon. Taking us from green field to dance floor, from build crew to muscle boys, and drawing on some of the more surreal and abstract traditions of arthouse cinema, MEAT RACK is shot on a variety of different film formats and features a densely layered musical soundscape. The result is an intimate, sometimes unsettling portrait that beautifully captures the fleeting nature of Glastonbury’s most notorious nightspot.

Harry has kindly extended the time the film will be available to support Block9 to raise money for The Downlow Radio, their charitable not-for-profit, which has donated over £80k to good causes in the last decade. Profits will go to Runnymede Trust the UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank and the MSF (Doctors Without Borders) COVID-19 appeal.

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