Prayers for Bobby (2009)

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  • Original Pictures for all Ages Working
  • Prayers Working


Drama based on a true story set in the late 1970s. Religiously devout Christian Mary Griffith struggles to come to terms with her son Bobby's homosexuality and persuades him to try and "cure" himself through prayer and church activities. Unhappy and depressed and longing for his mother's acceptance he eventually commits suicide. Unsupported by her Church and religion Mary gradually comes to question its tenets and receives the answers and support she seeks from the gay community, eventually going on to become a Gay Rights champion.

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