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27000: When Were Boys [21st Century Secrets Cut]

27000@25: When We Were Boys (runtime 9m22s) SYNOPSIS: Hitting a beautiful synchronicity with the release of Erasure’s new single Secrets, the film rolls back 25 years to Pride on Clapham Common 1996, the last but one of the UK’s huge park Prides. Jimmy Somerville and Holly Johnson sang the score to the 1996 original with 160,000 watching. The narrative follows the HIV positive diagnosis of a very young gay man in 1990s London, based on an a true story. The original was shown from Pride's main stage, before CRUSAID’s Release For Life of 27,000 red balloons for every person in the UK with HIV.

It has not been seen since 1996, and never in this totally new form, a unique cooperation between musicians with truly global reach and rare archive of a shied-away from corner in LGBTQI+ history. Please download the Press Kit PDF for more.

Erasure's Andy Bell says of 27000: "Apart from being very close to my heart, it is also of historical importance / significance from a world wide human rights perspective."

Equally poignant is the untimely passing of its young star, unable to see this 25th anniversary venture with Erasure and Jimmy Somerville.

Music content and external TV footage has back-up clearance agreement to allow for online festival exhibition in the event of COVID further restrictions (via secure platforms). Final hi-res ITN Source/Getty footage following - lo-res comps used in the preview. (1080P 24fps master)

  • Rob Falconer
    Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex '97, #ReclaimPride, 27000 (original live festival version), Being At Home With Claude (Canadian LGBTQI+ radio drama)
  • Rob Falconer
    Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex (Playing Safe in first US release), 27000 (original live festival version), Gilded Vectors Of Disease
  • Rob Falconer
    #ReclaimPride, Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex, Speaking In Riddles, The Gilded Vectors Of Disease, The Tailor-Made Man
  • Lee Beedell
    Key Cast
    Debut performance
  • Jimmy Somerville
    Key Cast
    "Himself and Music Track"
    International solo artist, Bronski Beat, The Communards, Sally Potter's Orlando, Lexx
  • Erasure Andy Bell Vince Clarke
    Key Cast
    "Music Track"
    Worldwide multi-million selling synth-pop combo
  • Framboise Gommendy
    Key Cast
    Luc Besson's Joan of Arc, Spy, Eldorado, L'héritière, Les Mystères de Paris
  • Mark Allington
    Key Cast
    Vanity Fair, Doctor Who, Alice In Wonderland
  • Jono Wolf
    Key Cast
    "Boy's friend"
    Debut performance
  • Nathaniel Hall
    Key Cast
    Donald Bassett in Channel 4 TV/HBO's It's A Sin, First Time
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Pride London (original version)
    Clapham Common London
    United Kingdom
  • National Film Theatre (excerpts)
    United Kingdom
Director - Rob Falconer