David Is Homosexual: Film Screening & Discussion with Francesca Ramsay (art historian, writer and curator), Ray Crossley and David Chalmers (Sunrise)
In 1976 Wilfred directed the film ‘David Is Homosexual’ for the Lewisham Group of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality. It was extensively shown at the time and in 2017 was placed in the archive of the British Film Institute.
The film is an important rediscovery in Britain’s LGBT history, made on a shoestring on Super8 over the hot summer of 1976 by members of the Lewisham branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). The film follows lonely, isolated office clerk David as he discovers CHE, makes new friends and blossoms into a happy, out gay man. Intended as an educational tool, the film was shown around the country to straight and gay audiences. It features rare footage of the 1976 Gay Pride rally in Hyde Park, where Tom Robinson debuted his hit anthem ‘Glad to be Gay’.
David is Homosexual was written and directed by the late Wilfred Avery and filmed by David Belton; the pair were supported by many gay men and lesbians from CHE and the wider community. The edited film, along with many reels of rushes and outtakes, was donated to the BFI National Archive in 2016.
Introduction by Francesca Ramsay, author of the recently published book Wilfred Avery and the Unpredictable Image followed by a screening of David is Homosexual.
A discussion between David Chalmers (Sunrise), Francesca Ramsay (author & curator) and Ray Crossley, (Wilfred Avery’s partner of 50 years, who also played a cameo role in the film during its production), followed by questions.
This will take place on Friday 26th January 2024 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm.
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