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Lasting Marks

Synopsis
Short documentary about the story of 16 men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain which was told by the police, the prosecution and the tabloid press, but not by those in the dock. Told through court documents and newspaper reports of the time, the film is a window into Operation Spanner and a fight for LGBTQ rights that resonates to this day. [15 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2019
Subjects
Social Studies
Keywords
Trials; gay rights; Thatcherism

Online availability

URI
https://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2019/apr/12/lasting-marks-16-men-put-on-trial-for-sadomasochism-video
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Charlie Lyne
Producer
Laura Poitras

Production Company

Name

Guardian, The

Email
film@theguardian.com
Web
https://www.theguardian.com/uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 3353 2000
Address
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London
N1 9GU
United Kingdom

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