Global nightlife phenomenon Glitterbox makes its first foray into documentary filmmaking, with a feature-length film Where Love Lives due for release in summer 2020. The film is a story of music’s enduring power to manifest diverse and inclusive community, and the power of that community to accept and embrace, to liberate, even to save lives. It’s a story of acceptance and creative expression – empowered, enabled and soundtracked by club music. Through extensive exclusive interviews with titans of nightlife culture, Where Love Lives contributors Billy Porter, Honey Dijon, Kathy Sledge, Kiddy Smile, Lucy Fizz, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez and many more explore how those driven to the margins of society are welcomed unconditionally to the centre of the dancefloor.
“Dancefloors can unify people in ways governments and religions can’t and I stand by that sh*t 100%” Honey Dijon
Through the stories of Glitterbox’s kaleidoscopic family of artists, dancers and queer performers, Where Love Lives explores themes of identity and self-expression and the vital importance that clubland plays for those whose identities are not fully accepted in the mainstream. Expertly navigating through nightlife culture’s history, and introducing its present, the film meets the fabulous creatures that inhabit it, and connects the dots that drew each of them to answer dance music’s call.
“When something is that powerful, nobody can take it away from you forever. We learn, we grow, times change, and now we’re here” Billy Porter
The documentary, which has been 18 months in the making and filmed at various New York, Ibiza, Paris and London locations, is a clockwise.film production directed by Brilliams and produced by Oliver Prince, whose previous work includes film projects for Red Bull, Resident Advisor, BBC Three, L’Oreal and more. Further contributors include rising star of the art world Haris Nukem, Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore, Sink The Pink co-founder Glyn Fussell and legendary DJ/producer Nicky Siano.
Director Brilliams describes his intentions for the film: “I’ve always been fascinated by the positive effects of music and the communities that grow around it. Since the inception of dance music, dancefloors have been rich ground for community, and an incredible representation of cultural identity and self-expression. Everyone has their own journey to the dancefloor and their own voyage of self-expression to navigate. Through the stories of the kaleidoscopic family of performers that give Glitterbox its heart and soul, we set out to show why those journeys are so incredibly important.”
Glitterbox is a nightlife brand and record label founded in 2014 by Defected Records head Simon Dunmore, now one of the world’s most talked-about club nights. Starting as a weekly party in Ibiza, Glitterbox has evolved into a global brand hosting parties in established venues across the world from New York to Amsterdam, Croatia, Australia and more. Characterised by an inclusive, uplifting party atmosphere designed to unite all ages, persuasions and walks of life on the dancefloor, Glitterbox parties bring the world’s most respected DJs to appear alongside emerging talents for a soundtrack of dance music in its purest forms. Meanwhile the 21st-century disco label is renowned by discerning music lovers for breaking the latest dancefloor anthems, while celebrating the origins of dance music with golden era disco and house.