LGBT Britain

Britain on Film: edited highlights of our common history spanning from 1909 to 1994

Showing Times

Sun 30 Jul 17:00
Wed 02 Aug 18:40

This curated selection from the archives includes some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen.  The collection includes a 1925 film on ‘Cutie Cattaro’, a boxer more interested in flirting than fighting, and drag queen ‘Percy’ competing for a prize in 1909. Exploring the struggles and identity politics of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the films cover early AIDS victims recounting their painful experiences; the formation of the Gay Black Group, an early instance of intersectional thinking; and the 1980 fight for transgender rights in the European Court.

It’s a moving and fascinating collection, a social document encompassing both the collective public fight for basic rights and equality and more personal, intimate and psychological ones: the shedding of shame and the ability to be open about one’s most private self; the claiming of the right to love and to say publicly, proudly: this is who I am.

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Film Information

Duration:
85 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
12A

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