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Against the Law ()


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Peter Wildeblood's affair with a handsome serviceman he met in Piccadilly during the time homosexuality was a crime and the devastating consequences of their relationship.

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Peter Wildeblood ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Peter Wildeblood
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Eddie McNally
Paul Keating ...
Fanny
Mark Edel-Hunt ...
Edward Montagu
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Dr. Landers
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Prosecutor Roberts
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Superintendent Jones
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Lord Wolfenden
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Michael Pitt-Rivers
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Defence Rawlinson
Timothy Watson ...
Clerk of Assize
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Dan Starling
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Governor Cockayne
Claire Bond ...
Iris
Matthew Canny ...
John Reynolds
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Tony
David Watson ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
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Steve Brunton ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
Ty Hurley ...
RAF Military Police (uncredited)
Cristian Lazar ...
Football Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fergus O'Brien

Written by

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Brian Fillis ... (writer)
 
Peter Wildeblood ... (autobiography)

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Scott Bassett ... producer
Sarah Hamilton ... documentary producer
Aysha Rafaele ... executive producer

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Roger Goula

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Johann Perry

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Joe Carey

Editorial Department

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Andrew Cave ... on-line editor
Will Coker ... colorist

Casting By

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Jennifer Duffy

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Matthew Button

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Daniela Faggio
Luke Gledsdale

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Ralph Wheeler-Holes

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Helen Speyer ... makeup designer

Production Management

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Claire Hildred ... production manager

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Brashna Agha ... second assistant director
Matthew Cooper ... third assistant director

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Charlotte Cooke ... stand-by art director
Neil Jenkins ... graphic designer
Adrian Makarewicz ... standby prop
George Mizen ... property master
Steve Patterson ... construction coordinator
Catherine Rossner ... set dresser
Geraint L. Williams ... digital artist

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Frank Barlow ... boom operator
Nate Carver ... boom operator
Joe Fletcher ... supervising sound editor
Karl Mainzer ... re-recording mixer
Robert Searl ... adr recordist
Kieron Wolfson ... production sound mixer
Richard Hinton ... foley artist (uncredited)

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Marc Knapton ... visual effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Enrico Faccio ... best boy
Ariel Grandoli ... first assistant camera
Robbie Jones ... clapper loader: "b" camera, dailies
Richard Mills ... electrician
Lydia Stott ... second assistant camera
Robert White ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Caroline Bradley ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Charlotte Peters ... location assistant

Music Department

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Ruby Wasmuth ... score coordinator

Other crew

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Dalida Carew ... assistant production accountant
Hannah Kenneally-Muir ... script supervisor
Judd Lewin ... production accountant
Liam French Robinson ... voice and dialect coach to Mr Mays

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  • BBC Two (2017) (United Kingdom) (tv)

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Plot Summary

In 1952 journalist Peter Wildeblood, at a time when same-sex was a crime, picks up RAF corporal Eddie McNally, thus beginning a love affair, often conducted through letters. Peter introduces him to Edward, Lord Montagu and the earl's cousin Michael Pitt-Rivers but Peter's love letters to Eddie lead to his arrest and, along with Montagu and Michael he is put on trial . McNally and Johnny Reynolds, another young gay from their circle, are granted immunity if they testify for the prosecution and the three defendants are all jailed. In prison Peter hears about the Wolfenden committee which, partly in response to public sympathy for the harsh treatment of gay men, is seeking to change the law and, on release, bravely and openly gives the committee evidence and advice. Nonetheless it will be a decade before homosexuality is decriminalized. As with Channel 4's treatment of the same case in 2007, 'A Very British Sex Scandal', the drama is intercut with interviews with elderly gay men, who, like Peter, suffered discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s. Written by don @ minifie-1

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  • Forbudt kærlighed (Denmark)
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  • 84 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Opening Night Gala: 31st BFI Flare - London LGBT Film Festival 2017. Official selection: Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2017; Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival Hong Kong 2017; Gaze Film Festival Dublin; Reeling - The Chicago International LGBT Film Festival 2017; Outshine Film Festival Miami 2017; NewFest Film Festival NYC 2017; ImageOut Film Festival Rochester 2017; FICGLB International Film Festival Barcelona 2017; Seoul Pride Film Festival 2017. See more »

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