by GREG KING
Screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is Jewel’s Catch One, which looks at the popular LA nightclub that operated for 42 years and was often visited by celebrities like Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston and Madonna. Often referred to as the “studio 54 of the West” it was one of LA’s first black gay discos. It was operated by Jewel Thais Williams, who faced plenty of adversity during the four decades – including homophobia, racism, police raids, and an arson attack. The film gives us a snapshot of America during the 70s and 80s, as well as an intimate portrait of Williams herself. Filmmaker C Fitz spent six years working on the documentary, and she spoke to Greg about some of the challenges in putting the film together.