Against the Law


Against the Law
Against the Law

Against the Law is a gripping drama tracing the landmark events which led to the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts in England. When Peter Wildeblood fell in love with Edward McNally in 1952, their love affair would have devastating consequences for each of them. This gripping drama follows each man as they grapple with their roles in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950’s, the infamous Montagu Trial. 

 

Resulting in the public forcing a reluctant government to set up The Wolfenden Committee to investigate whether homosexuality should be legalized, the trial sets a course of events that would take over a decade for to resolve. Woven through this powerful drama is testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their ‘condition’.

 

Brilliantly melds drama and documentary to tell the story of the only openly gay man to testify before the Wolfenden Committee in 1955 - The Guardian

 

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Unclassified 15+
Runtime: 84 mins
Year: 2017
Director: Fergus O'Brien
Producer: Scott Bassett, Sarah Hamilton, Aysha Rafaele
Country: UK
Language: English
Cast: Daniel Mays, Richard Gadd, Charlie Creed-Miles
Company Credits: Production Company: BBC Studios
Genre: Drama
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