Episode 17: Our Sons (1991)

In 1985 John Erman directed the groundbreaking TV film An Early Frost. One of the first films to address the AIDS epidemic. In 1991 he returned the subject in Our Sons. Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret play the disapproving mothers of a gay couple (Hugh Grant and Zeljko Ivanek). Zeljko’s dying of AIDS so the women go on a road trip to visit them. Cue fights, tears and a sprinkling of camp.

This episode includes spoilers and strong language.

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Episode 16: The Children’s Hour (1961)

William Wyler first adapted Lilian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour to the screen in 1936. The work was heavily censored to meet the standards of the Hollywood production code. In 1961 he produced a remake that restored the lesbian content. My guests had contrasting responses to the film.

This episode includes spoilers. I’m adding a trigger warning as the story includes an act of self harm.

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Episode 13: Victim (1961)

Welcome to Season Two! Basil Deardon’s Victim pits a closeted barrister against a blackmailer. This was the first English language film to use the word “homosexual.” It bravely denounced the UK’s anti-gay laws. Today it remains a crackling noir with a heroic gay leading man, the likes we rarely see in cinema.

This episode contains plot spoilers and a brief discussion of a characters’ suicide.

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