Nighthawks

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Nighthawks (1978) is a film by Ron Peck and Paul Hallam. It depicts the life of a gay man who teaches in a London comprehensive school by day and cruises gay bars at night. Jim's various pickups never seem to convert into long-term relationships. Important scenes include a class in which pupils ask him about his sexuality ane he frankly replies, and a conversation with a female colleague, who gets him to explain about gay life and cruising.

"Nighthawks was Britain’s first explicitly gay film that chronicled life for a single gay man in London at that time. Not only an important film in terms of its style and content, it is an authentic picture of London before Thatcherism, and of the gay scene before HIV/AIDS and after Stonewall. Previously, gay characters' sexuality was the origin of a problem, as in Victim (Basil Dearden, 1961), or treated as a peripheral matter, as in Tony Richardson's A Taste of Honey (1961) or Robert Aldrich’s The Killing of Sister George (1968). Nighthawks made a clean break from previously camp representations of gay men on film. Though controversial upon its release, for its frank nudity and use of actual locations frequented by gay men, the film opened at the 1978 Edinburgh Film Festival and had some commercial success. "[1]

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  1. http://worldcinemadirectory.co.uk/component/film/?id=1348 World Cinema Directory.