The Leather Boys (1964)

Hit the road: gay guilt and desire in the mid-60s.

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Envisaged as a ‘Romeo and Romeo in the south London suburbs,’ Gillian Freeman’s 1961 novel centred on an explicitly homosexual relationship. Inevitably, Freeman had to tone down her screenplay for the film version, yet it deserves recognition as a significant moment in queer British cinema for its sympathetic portrayal of a working-class gay man (Dudley Sutton).

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