Broadcast as part of BBC 2’s Gay Britannia season that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised gay sex in England and Wales, Against The Law is a powerfully emotive factual drama of the court case that led to a review of laws regarding to homosexuality. The film is available on DVD in the UK from 11th September 2017, courtesy of Network Distributing, and we’ve got three copies to give away.
Set in the 1950s, journalist Peter Wildeblood (Daniel Mays) meets RAF corporal Peter McNally (Richard Gadd) and they begin a love affair at a time when being gay is against the law. This lead to to Wildeblood being arrested and put on trial alongside his two friends Lord Montagu and Michael Pitte-Rivers to be given a prison sentence. His release coincides with the setting up of the Wolfenden commission set up to consider amending existing laws ion homosexuality. His testimony contributed to the eventual change in the law in 1967. Against The Law also includes eyewitness accounts from gay men offering poignant reminders of the emotional, mental challenges as well as continual abuse and hostility that homosexuals experienced before 1967.
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