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 (9) | Top Critics (2)

Mays is unobtrusively brilliant as Wildeblood.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Against The Law is neither just drama nor just documentary, it's something far more powerful for having elements of both.

Jan 18, 2019 | 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.

Oct 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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