There are events marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of most gay sex (in private) in England And Wales going on up and down the UK this year. One of the most prominent is a major exhibition at Tate Britain, Queer British Art 1861-1967, which runs from April 5th to October 1st 2017.
To go alongside that, Random Acts has partnered with Tate to present six films in response to Queer British Art. These provide glimpses into LGBTQ lives through intimate portraits of six individuals. The films use differing styles of storytelling, with each queer filmmaker bringing their own creative approach.
The first of those has now been released online, and in it ‘Scott Chambers gives an emotional performance evoking the feelings of a young Ian McKellen, as the acclaimed actor narrates his account of growing up in a time when there was no possibility of being out as a young gay man.’
It’s a short and moving look at what it must have been like to realise you are gay at a time when it wasn’t just stigmatised but when expressing it was actually illegal. Take a look at the short film below.