Researchers' Tales: Richard Dyer

On the occasion of his appearance as part of the BFI National Library's Researcher's Tales strand, acclaimed author and film theorist Richard Dyer reveals the origins of the UK's first dedicated gay and lesbian film event in 1977, which grew to form what is now the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, currently in its 24th year. Examining the attitudes of the time and the importance of having such a groundbreaking initiative, the acclaimed writer also takes a look back at key pieces of gay cinema of the period, and the political stir caused by the first programme of films.



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