Australian Television Premiere: Thursday 10 November, 9.30pm
More than 40 years after the Gay Rights Movement fought for equality in the Stonewall riots, director Crayton Robey takes a retrospective look at the play and subsequent Hollywood film that sparked a social revolution – The Boys in the Band.
In 1968 this became the first play to openly deal with gay issues. Celebrated on one hand for breaking new ground, and condemned on the other for propagating gay stereotypes, the play and film created a storm of controversy in both gay and mainstream society.
This documentary explores the drama, struggle to successfully reach a mainstream audience and it’s enduring legacy. It investigates both sides of the divide via archival footage and interviews with cultural luminaries and the play’s original creator, Matt Crowley.