Films, TV & Radio

Films

This is a very small selection of films that look sensitively at different aspects of sexual identity. These films are all available on DVD and have been recommended by FFLAG parents, families and LGB individuals
‘Beautiful Thing’
Set on a South London housing estate, neighbours in a block of flats get an emotional wake­up call when two teenage boys unexpectedly fall in love. Beautiful Thing­­adapted from the play by Jonathan Harvey­­features tender­hearted, kitchen sink realism from Channel Four Films.
‘Milk’
The story of Harvey Milk ­ the first openly gay man to be voted in to major public office in America. This is a powerful and inspiring story of his life and untimely death. His life changed history, and his courage changed lives
‘Maurice’
Based on the book by E. M. Forster. This is not just a gay coming­of­age story ­ the hero wrestles with the British class system as well as his personal and sexual identity.
‘Victim’
Starring Dirk Bogarde, this classic film took a courageous stand against the criminalisation of homosexuality. At the time (1961), 90% of blackmail attempts were directed against gay men.
‘Yossi & Jagger’
This is a moving story of two young Israeli soldiers and their love for one another. ‘A gem of a film’. In Hebrew with English subtitles

Television

There are several ‘soaps’ that have gay storylines, including
Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders. EastEnders featured a gay muslim storyline back in 2009
To watch previous episodes –
Hollyoakswww.channel4.com/4oD
Coronation Streetwww.itv.co,/itvplayer
EastEnderswww.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Radio

‘Getting Bi’
Tom Robinson was the first rock star to be out­and­proud at the height of his fame and barely ten years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Britain, he released the song ‘Glad To Be Gay’. But then in the mid 80s something happened which changed Tom’s life overnight ­ he fell in love with a woman!
In this programme, Tom assesses his own changing attitudes to bisexuality and asks if it’s still a bit of a taboo in Britain today?
Broadcast in September 2011 on BBC Radio 4