Against the Law (2017)




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Feature-length factual drama Against the Law is part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season, following the true story of gay journalist Peter Wildeblood, whose illicit love affair with another man was one of the turning points in the path to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Against the Law is interspersed with touching testimonials from elderly gay men who lived in fear of truly expressing themselves throughout the 1950s.


Critic Reviews for Against the Law

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

This somber BBC production... intercuts eyewitness accounts from grizzled survivors of homophobia in postwar England with a dramatic treatment of the life of journalist and activist Peter Wildeblood.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

An inventive blending of period drama and talking-head documentary, this pointed film is beautifully edited to make the most of both strands.

October 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The triumph of Against the Law is to have balanced drama and matchless personal testimonial with such grace.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This was a really thought-provoking drama with a justified undercurrent of anger at the way gay men were treated.

September 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The script was strong on the factions within the gay community, and the erasure of class divisions among homosexuals. But nothing was quite as moving as the interviews.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Here was all of the wit and compassion you find in Wildeblood's prose, combined with emotions I'd hitherto only been able rather half-heartedly to imagine: bewilderment, fear, agonising pain.

September 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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