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Preview: Against the Law + Q&A with Brian Fillis and Fergus O'Brien

Monday, 3 July 2017 - 7:00pm
Cineworld, Cardiff
We're working with one of our Festival Partners, Iris Prize, to bring you a preview screening of Against the Law followed by a Q&A with Director Fergus O'Brien (Inside Harley Street, Life After Suicide, Stephen Fry: out there), and Writer Brian Fillis (Tatau, Sirens, Excluded). Against the Law is BBC2's new factual drama starring Mays and Mark Gatiss that dramatises the events that led to the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. We'll also be showing Daisy & D - the latest short film from Iris Prize winner Arkasha Stevenson.  

Against the Law

Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s - the infamous Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Made by BBC Studios, Against the Law will broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.


Daisy & D

Daisy and her boyfriend D are struggling to get by the only way they know. 

Written, directed and edited by Iris Prize winner Arkasha Stevenson. Daisy & D is fairly close to the reality of a night Arkasha witnessed during a photo-journalism assignment.  In the film we explore the complicated love that can exist between two people in the most ugly of circumstances.  It’s dark and ugly to watch – if it wasn’t there would be something wrong.

Daisy & D is the eighth film made by a winner of the Iris Prize.  With Lynsey Beauchamp and Darren Jelley it was shot in Wales last summer.


Following the screening Iris Prize Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands will host a Q&A with the Against the Law Director Fergus O'Brien (Inside Harley Street, Life After Suicide, Stephen Fry: out there), and Writer Brian Fillis (Tatau, Sirens, Excluded).


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