BFI marks 50th anniversary of landmark in LGBT rights with major film and TV programme

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced its full programme marking the 50th anniverary of the Sexual Offences Act from June onwards. The ’67 Act saw the partial discrimination of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Though it did not put a stop to persecution, it was a step forward in a climate of fear and ignorance.

The BFI programme will include a major two-month film and TV season named Gross Indecency and a one-month Joe Orton season at BFI Southbank in London; a new online BFI Player collection named LGBT Britain on Film; a UK-wide touring programme of archive film kicking off at Pride in London; an international touring programme of classic LGBT shorts from directors including Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien and Terence Davies; and a new BFI release of Stephen Frears’ and Hanif Kureishi’s Oscar nominated 1985 film My Beautiful Launderette, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, on Blu-Ray for the first time.

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