When We Rise
When We Rise

This highly-anticipated drama series recounts the history of the LGBTIQ rights movement. Written and created by Dustin Lance Black (Oscar-winner for 2008 film Milk), this part is the first of four and was directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).

The epic production begins in San Francisco, where Cleve Jones (Austin P McKenzie), a young anti-war campaigner; Ken Jones (Jonathon Majors) a closeted Vietnam veteran; and Roma Guy (Emily Skeggs) a women’s rights activist ostracised for being a lesbian, are finding their feet.

Later episodes star Guy Pearce (as an older Cleve), Michael K. Williams (older Ken), Mary Louise Parker (older Roma), and Rachel Griffiths (as Diane, Roma’s wife). Whoopi Goldberg guest stars as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department and Rosie O'Donnell plays Del Martin, co-founder of the first lesbian organisation in the States.

Black and Van Sant are among a list of big-name executive producers on the series, with Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I Robot, Jerry Maguire) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk) also credited.

The series was partially inspired by activist Cleve Jones’s memoir 'When We Rise: My Life in the Movement'.

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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 80 mins
Year: 2017
Director: Gus Van Sant
Producer: Tim Iacofano
Country: USA
Language: English
Cast: Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Ivory Aquino
Company Credits: Australian Distributor: SBS
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