About Variety

Underneath the glitzy New York of Times Square and the Empire State Building lies the seedy New York of Variety, a pioneering work of American independent cinema.

Bette Gordon’s Variety follows Christine (Sandy McLeod), who takes up a job as a ticket seller in a New York porn theatre, gradually forming a fascination with the films playing and the clientele visiting. She decides to go on a date with Louie (Richard Davidson), one of the venue’s more ambiguous regulars, gradually coming to believe he’s involved with the mafia as she flies closer and closer to the flame.

What emerges is a story of obsession and female sexual awakening, backed by a small galaxy of American indie talent, many of whom emerged from the late ‘70s/early ‘80S New York No Wave scene that cross-pollinated across film, music, photography and art, including cinematographer Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion), actor Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights) and a small role for Nan Goldin.

The screening will be preceded by a live onstage introduction from Dr Sabina Stent.