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Queerama: A Century of Gay Rights and Desires on Film

Synopsis
QUEERAMA takes the viewer through a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride. Using a wealth of unknown newsreel and amateur footage from the BFI National Archive, alongside the sub-textual references scattered throughout 20th century cinema, the film covers the sexual liberation of the early 21st century queer and transgender scene, and the gay parenting and marriage campaigns of recent years.
Special features:
-Daisy Asquith Q&A (2017, 8 mins): director Daisy Asquith in conversation with the BFI’s Simon McCallum.
-This Week: Homosexuals (James Butler, 1964, 23 mins)
-This Week: Lesbians (John Phillips, 1965, 26 mins)
-Ballad of Reading Gaol (Richard Kwietniowski, 1988, 11 mins)
-Rosebud (Cheryl Farthing, 1991, 14 mins)
-Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Daisy Asquith, Simon McCallum, Lucy Robinson, Selena Robertson, Alex Davidson and So Mayer.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2018
Year of production
2017
Subjects
Social Studies; Film studies
Keywords
amateur films; archive films; gay rights

Credits

Director
Daisy Asquith

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
70 minutes plus extras
Year
2018

Distributor

Name

BFI Distribution

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/distribution External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938/8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1P 2LN
Notes
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