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Legendary Children [All of Them Queer] IRIS screener

“We've had a bully in The White House. You have your own bullies here in the UK...” - STUART MILK

Legendary Children [All Of Them Queer] follows many of the original Gay Liberation Front pioneers of the 1972 and first European Pride March during events over the summer of Pride 50 when the UK marked its 50th anniversary in spectacular style.

The headline cast encompasses some of the most genuinely influential figures in UK LGBTQIA+ rights activism and its history, there at the very start when Pride took its first steps in Europe. We won't quite see their like again.

Titled after Holly Johnson’s iconic song (and with his personal and full support) the film is not a history lesson, but a lively, first-hand recollection of many stages along the way of 50 years of activism, from the mouths of those who were there.

Intergenerational and visibly intersectional, the film also reflects the powerful, diverse community we are today, showing how Pride continues to put its strength behind issues of extreme current concern like the treatment of LGBTQIA+ refugees and attempts to undermine trans identities and rights.

Made fully in association with the Gay Liberation Front, which was re-formed in recent years by 8 of its key original members and is now an active LGBT rights movement once again. The film was made with no funding or financial assistance of any kind. Much in the spirit of the 1972 Pride, only superhuman cooperation and goodwill, and the willingness to get involved, made it possible.

“Back then, most LGBT+ people were closeted. They believed that we should be ashamed. They felt guilty. They felt we didn’t deserve equal rights.” - PETER TATCHELL

The film and all of its content is confirmed fully advance cleared for theatrical exhibition, broadcast and VOD/streaming (this includes all musical/recorded material featured by Tom Robinson, Tall Houses and SRJ) as required in the stated IRIS terms of entry.

Wide collection of high resolution stills available.

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Track 1: ENGLISH (EN) Hard of Hearing subtitles
Track 2: SPANISH (ES) dialogue and on-screen text
Track 3: Spanish (ES) HoH

  • Rob Falconer
    27000@25: When We Were Boys (World AIDS Day worldwide with Erasure and Jimmy Somerville), Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex, #ReclaimPride, Gilded Vectors Of Disease (radio series), Being At Home With Claude (radio drama), Freedom: 50 Years of Pride (excerpts)
  • Rob Falconer
    27000@25: When We Were Boys (World AIDS Day worldwide with Erasure and Jimmy Somerville), Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex, #ReclaimPride, Gilded Vectors Of Disease (radio series)
  • Rob Falconer
    27000@25: When We Were Boys, Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex (sequel, 7 countries, Virgin Retail Number 1), #ReclaimPride, Speaking In Riddles, The Gilded Vectors Of Disease (radio factual series and retail CD release), The Tailor-Made Man (radio drama with Hollywood and Broadway star Judd Hirsch)
  • Peter Tatchell
    Key Cast
    Hating Peter Tatchell (Netflix), international human rights activist and campaigner
  • Tom Robinson
    Key Cast
    Internationally acclaimed rock musician and broadcaster, Worldwide hits include War Baby, Glad To Be Gay
  • Angela Mason, OBE, CBE
    Key Cast
    Former director of Stonewall, politician and activist, Freedom: 50 Years of Pride (BBC/C4)
  • Roz Kaveney
    Key Cast
    Pioneering trans activist, author, critic and award-winning poet
  • Ted Brown
    Key Cast
    Award winning international human rights, BAME and LGBTQIA+ rights campaigner, Freedom: 50 Years of Pride (BBC/C4)
  • Stuart Milk
    Key Cast
    US and international political activist and speaker, the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, nephew of the late Harvey Milk
  • Neil Bartlett, OBE
    Key Cast
    Highly acclaimed theatre maker, director, actor, novelist. Work includes A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep, Sarrasine. Latest production Orlando, Garrick Theatre, London West End.
  • Andrew Lumsden
    Key Cast
    Founder Gay News, ex Times and Spectator, Freedom: 50 Years of Pride (BBC/C4), Co-ordinator 1st July Pride 50 Commemoration March
  • Stuart Feather
    Key Cast
    Actor and company member of the former Bloolips Theatre, author of Blowing The Lid, GLF activist
  • Nathaniel J Hall
    Key Cast
    Actor and award-winning playwright of First Time. HIV rights activist. It's A Sin (Donald Bassett)
  • Nettie Pollard
    Key Cast
    National Council For Civil Liberties (now Liberty), the former Greater London Council, GLF activist
  • Rainer Schulze
    Key Cast
    Professor Emeritus Modern European History University of Essex. Member of the International Experts’ Commission for the Redevelopment of the Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen.
  • Dr Bruce Bayley
    Key Cast
    Dramatherapist. 1972 Pride pioneer. Camden GLF and Come Together magazine.
  • John Lloyd
    Key Cast
    Lifelong LGBQTIA+ and GLF activist, key figure in Brixton’s groundbreaking LGBT+ Railton Road housing and community collective, and continues to inspire young LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Bette Bourne
    Key Cast
    Over 60 years an acclaimed stage and TV actor (Sarrasine, Edward II, The Avengers and more), radical drag legend and the creator of groundbreaking international radical drag theatre company Bloolips. A veteran, unique activist and GLF original.
  • George Hodson
    Key Cast
    Writer, collage artist, photographer and the UK’s second longest HIV survivor, George lived and worked in the UK, San Francisco and SE Asia. George won the prestigious PD James New Writer’s Bursary at age 74. His book And The Sissy Lives will be published in 2024. A huge supporter of Legendary Children. George did not quite live to see the film open in India.
  • Tom Robinson
    14 albums. Notable worldwide hits include War Baby, Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway
  • SRJ
    Composer. musician and producer. Elevate, Gonna Lose Control (featuring Zalvn), When You Call My Name (Craig Bryce), Give Me One More Chance (Leanne P)
  • Matt Mahmood-Ogston
    Prolific film/tv colourist with his company CG, IRIS Prize alumni as writer/director My God, I'm Queer!, founder Naz and Matt Foundation.
  • Rainer Schulze
    Historical Consultant
    Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at Essex University, curated/presented the LGBTQ+ film programme “Tales from the Margins” for Latest TV, established the Dora Love Prize for schools.
  • Rob Falconer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 27, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35 Scope
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cinema Diverse: 16th Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Palm Springs, California
    United States
    September 17, 2023
    North American
    Official Selection
  • Official selection 14th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2023
    June 23, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Rob Falconer

Starting 25 years back, LGBTQIA+ work includes producer Speaking In Riddles (LLGFF National Film Theatre London, Frameline San Francisco, Turin, Netherlands art house tour, UK retail release), director/producer 27000 with CRUSAID (to 160,000 on Clapham Common for Pride), director/producer Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex ‘97, (LLGFF National Film Theatre London, Europe, USA and Australia theatrical, UK/USA commercial release, Virgin retail No.1). On returning to filmmaking in the 2020s, director/producer #ReclaimPride, director/producer 27000@25: When We Were Boys with Jimmy Somerville and Erasure through the World AIDS 2021 Day Rock The Ribbon period, which traversed the world in 7 languages exclusively across Erasure's official online channels (despite YouTube's unsuccessful attempts to ban it to U18s), and work broadcast in the Stephen Daldry/Joe Robertson produced Freedom: 50 Years of Pride.

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Director Statement

Legendary Children [All of Them Queer] demonstrates exactly how the collective power of ordinary people, in number and shared objectives, can bring about change. But for me, these legendary individuals will never be "ordinary" - collectively they created the Pride legacy which continues to change LGBTQIA+ lives worldwide 50 years on. It was a huge honour to get to know and work closely with them all on this unique story.

It also demonstrates what can be achieved in truly independent filmmaking, with no funding or financial backing whatsoever, just that same collective will by all involved, both in the GLF and in the wider LGBTQIA+ community, to put these stories up on the screen.

We were proud to be take Legendary Children on a four and half thousand mile journey to the 14th KASHISH Mumbai International Film Festival - South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, and one of the biggest Pride events in India - just as India awaited a landmark ruling on equal marriage. But at the same time sadness as we lost beloved cast member, Pride pioneer and unique artist George Hodson 1949 -2023.