Named after a transvestite club, this film (titled The Fruit Machine in England) written by Fred Clarke (Letter to Brezhnev) and directed by Philip Saville is about two gay 17-year-old boys living in Liverpool—a white hustler (Tony Forsyth) and a sensitive mulatto (Emile Charles). After they witness the murder of another of the club’s regulars, a transvestite named Anabelle (Robbie Coltrane), by a homophobic psycho, they run off to Brighton, where they ponder the confinement of the dolphins, whose fate seems to resemble their own. Reviewing this film when it played at the 1988 Chicago film festival, Elliott Stein wrote, “The intense nonsexual friendship of the two adolescents is well observed and often moving, but Wonderland, though never boring, is a mess.”