“Late nights steering women to Katherine Hepburn, then bedding Spencer Tracy next door. Will have you looking at Turner Classic Movies in a whole different way.” - Vulture
“Throws Hollywood’s closet wide open” - Globe + Mail
SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD
Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer
With: Scotty Bowers, Stephen Fry, Peter Bart, Robert Hofler
In Canadian Cinemas August 3, 2018
Hot Docs Cinema (Toronto, ON) - Starts August 3
Vancity (Vancouver, BC) - Starts August 3
The Vic (Victoria, BC) - Starts August 3
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male—and female—stars. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities—straight and gay–for decades.
In 2012, he finally spilled his secrets in the New York Times best-selling memoir Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, which revealed a dramatic, pre-Stonewall alternate history of Hollywood. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them. This cinéma-vérité documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) tells his story, as well as presents eye-opening takes on icons from the Hollywood Golden Age including Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and many more.
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Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent, and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Kusama-Infinity, Lucky and The Other Side of Hope.