Director Stephen Isaac-Wilson gives us an intimate look at Manchester’s queer rave scene

The director of Boiler Room's new documentary on Manchester's queer nightlife takes us behind the scenes of some of the city's best LGBTQ+ parties.

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Last week Boiler Room and British Council released the final part of their first original documentary series on their new platform 4:3. Fleshback: Queer Raving Manchester’s Twilight Zone tells the semi-forgotten stories of Manchester’s queer nightlife, digging through archives of footage to bring nights from the 80s and 90s back to life as well profiling some of the city’s present-day party throwers.

Directed by journalist and filmmaker Stephen Isaac-Wilson, who’s previously worked with likes of Jorja Smith and Mykki Blanco, the film aims to showcase not just the strength of Manchester’s queer scene but its diversity as well, profiling the likes of Meat Free, Body Horror and High Hoops. In honour of the documentary’s complete release, we asked Wilson to pick some of his favourite moments from it and give us a little more behind the scenes info on some of the stars. Check out his Fleshback mood board below and watch the full documentary on 4:3 here.

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