This new collection from the BFI brings together four rarely seen short films depicting the gay experience in post-war society. Essential viewing for anyone interested in issues of sexuality and individual freedom.
Dream A40 (1965) Two years before the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexuality, a young gay couple's relationship is put to the test on a journey during which they must refrain from public demonstrations of affection. Daring and poetic, Dream A40 was the second film by Jamaican actor-director Lloyd Reckord.
Vapors (1965) Independent US director Andy Milligan's first film offers a fascinating glimpse into the pre-Stonewall gay scene. Set in New York's St Mark's bathhouse, this bold and sensitive film chronicles an emotionally charged encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.
Come Dancing (1970) Celebrated filmmaker Bill Douglas' early student short follows two men who meet in a cafe on Southend pier. Glances, body language and snatches of lewd dialogue suggest a pick-up, but the atmosphere soon darkens and events take an unexpected twist.
Encounter (1971) A number of young men wander the streets of New York in a trance before finally coming together in a secret tactile ritual. Directed by legendary filmmaker Peter de Rome, this wordless erotic fantasy is presented here with a new score by Stephen Thrower (Cyclobe).