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A film created from the treasure trove of BFI archive. The story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride. The soundtrack weaves the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair with the images and guides us intimately into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century- a century of incredible change.
Starting with the first gay relationship on film released in 1919, 'Different From the Others', this documentary offers a wealth of unknown newsreel and amateur film from the 20s and 30s, the sub textual references in 40s cinema, the arrests and prosecutions of gay men for ‘gross indecency’ in the 50s, the early gay rights marches and decriminalisation of the 60s and 70s, the campaigns for an equal age of consent and against section 28, the Pride movement and AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s, the sexual liberation of the 00s queer and transgender scene and the chemsex, gay parenting and marriage campaign of recent years.
Official Selection Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
70 mins
Daisy Asquith
Catryn Ramasut
Executive Producer
Mary Burke, Adam Patridge, Kate Townsend
Kenny McCracken, Alan Mackay, Daisy Asquith
John Grant, Alison Goldfrapp, Hercules and Love Affair
Asst Director
Mike Nicholls
Editorial Consultant
Campbell X
Historical Consultant
Lucy Robinson
Music Supervisor
Fiona Glyn Jones
Film Researchers
Campbell X, Mike Nicholls

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Last updated 5th December 2017

Production Company

ieie productions


Aleksandar Govedarica
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