Stephen Bourne

stephen bourne

Brief Encounters – Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930-1971

Foreword by Keith Howes
Cassell (1996)

A survey of lesbians and gays in the early, formative years of British cinema .

"Thank you so much for sending me your excellent book which I devoured over my cornflakes this morning. I do congratulate you. You have produced a thoughtful and timely reminder that some of us did blaze a lonely trail…I hope it gets the credit it deserves." (Bryan Forbes, letter to the author)

"A fab companion to a film guide and, surely, must crown Bourne as the Miss Marple of British cinema." (Gay Times)

"I had to let you know how impressed I am with your wonderful book. I picked it up at my local bookshop and I’m reading it slowly to prolong the pleasure. How refreshing it is to find a book about movies with real enthusiasm for the subject and an intelligent historical perspective. Your wit and understanding avoid all the heavy preaching that spoils so many other books on the subject. And naturally, any friend of Ernest Thesiger is a friend of mine."(Howard Mandelbaum, letter to the author)

"A diligent and highly readable survey." (David Robinson, The Guardian)

"Despite my inability to share the author’s passion for British cinema, I enjoyed most of this book and recommend it both for casual ‘dipping’ and as a useful reference point." (Gay and Lesbian Humanist)

"Essential reading for all admirers and students of British films."(Camden New Journal)

"The book’s unusual perspective is that of a 39-year-old working-class gay man from South London. It is without rancour and written with a love and understanding of mainstream British cinema rare among movie historians." (Philip French, The Observer)

"A fine subcultural, or, in self-oppressed parlance, ‘perverse’ reading of pre-Gay Liberation British films." (Red Pepper)

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