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Consenting Adults (2007)

It is a 2007 BBC Four television dramatisation of the events of the Wolfenden committee, whose report led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Set in the 1950s, the film ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Ryan ... Charlie Bullard
Jamie Martin Jamie Martin ... Colin Parker
Charles Dance ... Jack Wolfenden
Sean Biggerstaff ... Jeremy Wolfenden
Samantha Bond ... Jill Wolfenden
Mel Smith ... David Maxwell Fyfe
Pip Torrens ... Frances Graham Harrison
Aneirin Hughes Aneirin Hughes ... William Conwy Roberts (as Anerin Hughes)
Rosa Curson Smith Rosa Curson Smith ... Debbie Wolfenden
Amy Phillips ... Priscilla Wolfenden
Tim Wallers ... Major Spellman
Haydn Gwynne ... Mary Cohen
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... James Adair
Richard Lintern ... Goronwy Rees
Paul Bentall Paul Bentall ... Dr. Desmond Curran
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It is a 2007 BBC Four television dramatisation of the events of the Wolfenden committee, whose report led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Set in the 1950s, the film depicts social attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain at that time, largely focusing on the committee's chair, John Wolfenden, and his own homosexual son Jeremy. Written by Peter Malone

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UK

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English

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5 September 2007 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Too flat to captivate the viewers
22 September 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This is the biography of John Wolfenden's personal and professional struggle to reform the British law concerning homosexuality.

As the film is set in the 50's, the views on homosexuality are very conservative. Much of the time is spent on attacking homosexuality as repugnant and revolting. If it was not made by the BBC, one would be inclined to think this film serves as a homophobic attack against homosexuals. The simple plot is told so plainly, and the characters are not engaging enough. The result is that the film is at times too flat, because it lacks the drama to captivate the viewers. I find the personal struggle of John Wolfenden is not so well portrayed. I would have liked more time dedicated to the relationship between him and his gay son. This film recounts the historic moment of the law change, but the film is rather forgettable. It could certainly be improved.


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