Our first documentary collaboration with house and disco labels, Glitterbox and Defected, goes live on 18th March. Directed by Clockwise collaborator, Ed Williams, it was filmed and edited over the last two years with all the challenges of the pandemic, featuring numerous high profile contributors and incredible characters sharing their inspiring stories. 

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 dance floor.

The launch feels even more poignant now, with the absence of club culture and dancefloors during the past year. The film reminds us of these magical hedonistic moments of togetherness and excites the audience about the impending return of live music and mass gatherings. 

I’ve always been fascinated by the positive effects of music and the communities that grow around it. Since the inception of dance music, dance floors have been rich ground for community, and an incredible representation of cultural identity and self-expression. Everyone has their own journey to the dance floor 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.

Ed Williams – Director

Ed took part in a live Q&A with label boss Simon Dunmore and some of the main film contributors, Mx Fit, Lucy Fizz and Tete Bang. In this short clip from the Q&A, we hear about some of their favourite moments. 

The film goes way beyond the dance floor and touches on important issues and personal journeys. We want to thank the contributors who were incredibly open and brave when it came to telling their stories. 

See the full film on the Glitterbox YouTube channel and look out for the director’s cut coming soon.