LGBT50: Gross Indecency

In 2017, the BFI marked 50 years since a major landmark in human rights – the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – with a number of screenings and events at BFI Southbank, on BFI Player and in cinemas across the UK.

Gross Indecency is a season exploring the pioneering – and sometimes problematic – depictions of LGBT life in British film and TV in the years immediately before and after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

If you’re a Film Hub Wales member wishing to take part in Gross Indecency, the following films and TV shows have been made available:


All requests for TV titles to Matthew Harle – 

Play of the Week: South (1959)

On Trial: Oscar Wilde (1960)

Compass: The Importance of Being Oscar (1960)

The Wednesday Play: Horror of Darkness (1965)

This Week: Homosexuals (1964)

This Week: Lesbians (1965)

Man Alive: Consenting Adults 1. The Men (1967)

Man Alive: Consenting Adults 2. The Women (1967)

What’s a Girl Like You… (1969)

The Naked Civil Servant (1975)

World in Action: Quentin Crisp (1970)


Serious Charge (1959) – Park Circus

The World Ten Times Over (1963) – TBC

The Leather Boys (1964) – Indemnity

Dream A40 (1965) – BFI Distribution

Come Dancing (1970) – London Film School

The Killing of Sister George (1968) – Disney USA

Staircase (1969) – Park Circus

Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969) – Park Circus

Black Cap Drag (1969) – Simon McCallum, BFI

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) – Park Circus

Girl Stroke Boy (1971) – Park Circus

I Want What I Want (1972) – TBC

Nighthawks (1978) – BFI Distribution


BFI Gross Indecency season trailer