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Gay Men’s Guide to Safer Sex 97 – Director’s Cut (18*) + ScreenTalk Rob Falconer & guests

Two men lie naked in bed together, kissing and embracing tenderly.

Time travel back to 1997 and see a new cut of Rob Falconer’s landmark film, a frank and unapologetically erotic guide to enjoying safe same-sex when resources for gay men were hard to access.

Five years after The Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex (1992), director Rob Falconer filmed a follow-up in 1997, as so much new information had become available since the original guide’s release. It features expert advice from medical consultant Mike Youle, fearlessly honest interviews with gay men talking about their sex lives and groundbreaking sex scenes, some featuring adult performer Aiden Shaw.

From kissing tips to full-on intercourse, this frank and sex-positive guide was a refreshing celebration of gay sex at a time when many LGBTQ+ people were pressured into feeling fear and shame. It is an invaluable snapshot of queer life in the 90s, too, backed by a pulsating techno soundtrack courtesy of electro combo Angel.

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1997 (Director’s Cut, 2024) UK Dir Rob Falconer 55 min

Please note: this programme includes scenes of real sex.

This screening will be followed by a ScreenTalk with director Rob Falconer and Dr Will Nutland & Marc Thompson (co-founders, The Love Tank) and special guest Aiden Shaw, hosted by Selina Robertson.


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