The Legacy Project Screening Series
The Legacy Project is a collaborative effort bringing together the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest to collect and restore film and video. We screen prints from this valuable and unique collection on a bimonthly basis. Check back each month to see what film is showcased. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!
SOMETHING SPECIAL (WILLY/MILLY)
October 5 | 7:30 pm | Billy Wilder Theater
In-Person: Q&A with LGBTQ film historian Jenni Olson, filmmaker Rhys Ernst.
This quarter we launch a new season of Legacy Project screenings programmed by special guest curators who will select work from the Legacy collection that have had significant influence and impact on their lives and careers.
This screening will be introduced by LGBTQ film historian and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project advisory board member Jenni Olson and followed by a conversation between Olson and trans filmmaker Rhys Ernst (Adam, Transparent).
Something Special (Willy/Milly) (1986)
With an astounding plot premise offering unique pleasures for contemporary viewers, Something Special (aka Willy/Milly) is a whimsical 1986 teen comedy about a teenage girl who wants to be a boy… and, thanks to a magical eclipse powder, actually gets her wish. Picture an ABC Afterschool Special with a queer sensibility. After she wishes for her “deepest, darkest heart’s desire,” Milly Niceman (Pamela Adlon) wakes up in the middle of the night to discover she’s grown “a guy’s thing down there.” When their parents insist they must now choose between being a boy or being a girl, they wisely quip, “Can’t I be both?” As Muddy Waters sings “Mannish Boy” on the soundtrack, Milly becomes Willy and begins to learn what it means to be a boy: his previously platonic girlfriend develops a new kind of interest in him, and so does Willy’s new pal Alfie (Eric Gurry—as a boy with a disability who refers to his wheelchair as a lunar module). When Alfie confesses his shame about his “unnatural desires” for Willy (confused about how he has suddenly gone gay), Willy confesses his female-born past and decides he wants to be a girl again. Although the film ultimately doesn’t allow for either the gay or transgender option, it plays extensively on homoerotic potentials and has a blast with gender identity. Patty Duke gives an outstanding performance as Mrs. Niceman, and Pamela Adlon (formerly Seagall) is uncannily butch and boyish as Willy (and as Milly). Briefly released in 1986, Something Special quickly disappeared from view and has been virtually unseen since. Also featuring Seth Green, Corey Parker, and JD Cullum.
Print courtesy of Jenni Olson. 35mm, color, 93 min. Director: Paul Schneider. Screenwriter: Walter Carbone, Carla Reuben. Cast: Pamela Adlon, Pamela Segall, Eric Gurry, Mary Tanner.
Free admission for Outfest members at the box office!
The Billy Wilder Theater is located in Westwood Village—one of the most exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment districts in Los Angeles. Conveniently located at the Hammer Museum on the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards, the Theater offers filmgoers the chance to augment their evenings with dining and dessert options.
Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.
Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.
Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $6.00 flat rate.
Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $6.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby.
Sat-Sun: $6.00 flat rate.
The box office opens one hour before showtimes. Visit the Archive’s Ticketing Page for more information.
Lotted and garage parking is available twenty-four hours at 233 S. Main St. Limited street parking is also available after 6 pm.
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
(intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024