50 Years Ago, 50 Years On

24th November 2017

QUAD and Derbyshire LGBT+ present 50 Years Ago, 50 Years On, a season of film screenings throughout 2017 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Victim, from1961, screens in QUAD on the date of 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation homosexuality in 1967.  Victim is one of a series of ‘social issue’ films made in the 1950s and 1960s by Director Basil Dearden. It was the first British film to deal explicitly with and explore attitudes towards homosexuality. Barrister Melville Farr risks his career and his marriage to expose a sinister blackmailing ring. Victim (certificate PG) screens in QUAD on Friday 28th July at 8:30pm. The film will be introduced by Ian Robson, CEO at Derbyshire LGBT+.

Earlier on the same day in QUAD, LGBT-QWERTY in association with Derbyshire LGBT+ will present Looking Back, Looking Forward, a spoken word event commemorating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and exploring LGBT+ life in 2017. Featuring performances of new works by Sophie Sparham, Ash Watson, Dan Webber, Rachel Green and Ciaran Hodgers.  Looking Back, Looking Forward takes place in QUAD Friday 28th July, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Entry to the event is free with donations welcome, all monies raised will be donated to Derbyshire LGBT+  

There are two further films screening as part of the 50 Years Ago, 50 Years On season.


Laurence Anyways, from 2012 by critically acclaimed film-maker Xavier Dolan, centres around Laurence, when he tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. Confronting the prejudices of their friends and ignoring the counsel of their families, they brace themselves for the phobias of the society they offend and embark on an epic ten-year journey as they try to live through this transition. Laurence Anyways (certificate 15 with English subtitles) screens in QUAD on Friday 29th September at 8:30pm.

Prick Up Your Ears is Stephen Frears’ 1987 biopic of the British playwright Joe Orton,which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Based on the diaries of Orton, the film tells the tragic story of Orton (played by Gary Oldman) and his older lover Kenneth Halliwell. Both are desperate for acclaim but it is the younger writer Orton that is shot to fame after his enormously successful plays Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot hit the London Stage. Prick Up Your Ears (certificate 18) screens in QUAD on Friday 24th November at 8:30pm.

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