Queerama and Documenting Queer Stories

Queerama and Documenting Queer Stories


Documenting Change

In this part of the task we will think about how social and legal change has been explained by historians.  Is the history of queer Britain a slow evolution? is it marked by sudden change and ruptures? who is seen as the driving force for change? is it governments and politicians, media and culture or people themselves.

You might find it useful to listen to the lecture on the Gay Sixties and the implications of the different ways that the subject have been explained. (apologies for the current very poor sound quality - you will need to turn up the sound after the initial footage)

Lucy Robinson: Gay Liberation

•How does Queerama relate popular culture to social or legal change?

•Select a short clip 1-2 minutes from Queerama. Or look at the BFI's introduction to its series marking the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, Gross Indecency.

BFI Gross Indecency


Here is the list of all of the films used in Queerama. How many of them do you recognise?

Queerama Film List


Can you identify the different archival footage used? How else could it have been edited to tell a different story. If you had free reign (not permissions or rights involved) what footage would you include to tell your own story?

•The BBC collection of footage relating to Gay History might inspire you 

Building a Queer Canon

Compare some collections of queer history documentaries. 

•How do they fit together? Which films or types of evidence are privileged and why?  Do some stories get told more than others? How could we build a queer cannon (and are there any issues with this)?






How could you edit clips of these different collections together to build your own story? You could even draw out storyboard of which parts of which films you might use.