Cinema, Censorship and Public Opinion in the 1960s

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Brian Robinson (BFI) will lead us through a day-course looking at the links between film, censorship and public opinion in the early ‘60s.

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The course will look at the twilight world of the homosexual: from Oscar Wilde to Wolfenden - giving voice to the unmentionable; ‘Victim’s creation; ‘Sapphire’ by Basil Dearden, with the same creative team; Detailed account of the film’s creation using letters between the censor, the producers and the writers; Dirk Bogarde - the star, impact of ‘Victim’ and his prior career; the launch of ‘Victim’; detailed perusal of the press book and press cuttings; accounts from gay men about what seeing ‘Victim’ and other similar films meant to them.

We are delighted to welcome as our lead speaker Brian Robinson, who has spent 25 years on the staff of the British Film Institute - most recently as Communications Manager, Archive and Heritage - and since 2000 has programmed the BFI’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

(Studio – Tickets £10 - Friends/Students £9)

Sat 4 Mar 10:00 - 15:00


This course is part of:
Screening Diversity in the British Cinema
A Special Event at Chichester Cinema at New Park


Over a few weeks we will screen four films of the period which, in raising similar issues, tested and extended the boundaries drawn by the British Board of Film Censors: ‘The Killing of Sister George’, ‘The L-Shaped Room’ and ‘The Children's Hour’.

This event will also include two courses on 'Women in Hollywood' and Women in British Cinema'..

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