The new short 8 part film series Queers will premier October 14th to bring awareness to the 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offenses Act. The Sexual Offenses Act partial decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) directed and curated the film series with award winners Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead. Taking in 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself, the eight monologues will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites-of-passage of British gay men through the last one hundred years.
Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented, “Queers is a unique and affecting series of short films about the British Gay experience. Brilliantly written and performed, these monologues may be compact but they are brimful of humor, heartbreak, joy, humanity and tenderness.”
In The Man On The Platform, Ben Whishaw (London Spy, Spectre) returns from the trenches of the First World War, while a hundred years later, Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) reflects on gay marriage in Something Borrowed.
More Anger finds Russell Tovey (Him and Her, Being Human) playing a gay actor in the 1980s, and Rebecca Front (War and Peace, Humans) contemplates her very particular marriage in Missing Alice.
Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Decline and Fall), Kadiff Kirwan (Black Mirror, Chewing Gum), Ian Gelder (Snatch, Game of Thrones) and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, HIM) appear respectively in A Perfect Gentleman, Safest Spot In Town, I Miss The Warand A Grand Day Out, each examining the very different attitudes and social changes in gay men’s lives over the century.
The films are written by Matthew Baldwin, Jon Bradfield, Michael Dennis, Keith Jarrett, and Gareth McLean, who are writing for television for the first time, alongside established screenwriters Jackie Clune, Brian Fillis and Gatiss himself.
The series is produced by BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions and is a co-production of BBC and BBC AMERICA.
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I hope you will reflect upon the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King as he sat in the Birmingham jail protesting the lack of equality for African Americans and ALL people. Tuesday, April 16th will mark the 50th
Anniversary and people all over the world will be reading his words and hopefully understand what he was saying. How can you be ‘good’ when you stand by while others suffer and do absolutely nothing but tell them to wait??? How long must those treated as if they are less should be patient to be recognized and treated with dignity?
I won’t say that I’ve gone out protesting and been beaten bloody by the police. Nor have I ever walked a day in the shoes of my Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender brothers and sisters. I don’t know what it’s like to be illegal and fear the knock on the door. But I try to do my part in deed where I am willing to sign my name, have volunteered, donated money (not a lot but what I had) and refused to support business who do not treat my fellow humans with the respect they deserve. I know I can and should do more but I’m going to start on Tuesday to reflect that we all haven’t arrived at the mountain but one day we ALL will be their equal not separate but the same under the eyes of whatever God you worship or how you think since we are all living under the same sun, breathing the same air and walking the same earth.
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of Dr. King’s most celebrated and studied epistles, the Letter from Birmingham Jail. Released on 16 April 1963, King composed the letter from his prison cell in Birmingham, Ala. in response to local white religious leader’s criticisms at the height of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign.
For more information on the letter and events surrounding its publication, make sure to visit the following resources:
Letter from Birmingham Jail, text
Letter from Birmingham Jail, King Online Encyclopedia entry
Birmingham Campaign (1963), King Online Encyclopedia entry
Children’s Crusade, King Online Encyclopedia entry
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