Against the Law (2017)

Against the Law


  • Genre Drama, Biography, History
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Directed by Fergus O'Brien
  • Writer credits Peter Wildeblood, Brian Fillis
  • Rating 7.3 / 10 (242 votes) IMDb movie rating
  • Cast Cristian Lazar, Paul Keating, Ty Hurley, Mark Holgate, Mark Gatiss, James Gaddas, Richard Gadd, Mark Edel-Hunt, Richard Dillane, Charlie Creed-Miles, Matthew Canny, Steve Brunton, Claire Bond, Daniel Betts
  • Produced by Aysha Rafaele, Scott Bassett
  • Description In 1952 journalist Peter Wildeblood, at a time when same-sex was a crime, picks up RAF corporal Eddie McNally, thus beginning a love affair, often conducted through letters. Peter introduces him to Edward, Lord Montagu and the earl's cousin Michael Pitt-Rivers but Peter's love letters to Eddie lead to his arrest and, along with Montagu and Michael he is put on trial . McNally and Johnny Reynolds, another young gay from their circle, are granted immunity if they testify for the prosecution and the three defendants are all jailed. In prison Peter hears about the Wolfenden committee which, partly in response to public sympathy for the harsh treatment of gay men, is seeking to change the law and, on release, bravely and openly gives the committee evidence and advice. Nonetheless it will be a decade before homosexuality is decriminalized. As with Channel 4's treatment of the same case in 2007, 'A Very British Sex Scandal', the drama is intercut with interviews with elderly gay men, who, ...


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