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50 Years Legal 15 rating

Five decades on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, a range of LGBTQ+ stars (including Sir Elton John and Stephen Fry) reflect on Britain's history of prejudice, persecution and liberation.

Documentary 2017 77 mins

Director: Simon Napier-Bell


Simon Napier-Bell’s engaging and enlightening documentary reflects on LGBTQ+ life in Britain since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Featuring intimate interviews with a cavalcade of stars and activists, from Sir Elton John and Will Young to Angela Eagle and Shon Faye, 50 Years Legal is a thoughtful mediation on prejudice, persecution and liberation.

Including candid reminiscences ranging from Stephen Fry's reflections on the AIDS epidemic to former MP Chris Smith describing coming out in office, 50 Years Legal provides unique insights into life in LGBTQ+ Britain.