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All 4 orders Burning Bright’s same-sex parenting doc

British pubcaster Channel 4 is slated to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales with a 30-minute documentary from Burning Bright Productions. The untitled ...
April 25, 2017

British pubcaster Channel 4 is slated to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales with a 30-minute documentary from Burning Bright Productions.

The untitled one-off special will feature English actor and presenter Kieron Richardson (pictured) as he meets parents and children with first-hand experience of the parenting journey of those within the LGBTQIA community. The film will also explore the world of surrogacy and modern parenting, the challenges faced, and the rewards of parenting.

The half-hour film, exec produced by Burning Bright’s Seamus Murphy-Mitchell, will release exclusively on C4′s on-demand channel All 4 later this summer.

Casting and filming is slated to commence imminently.

Homosexuality was partially decriminalized on July 27, 1967 in England and Wales. Channel 4′s season of programming will look to honor the occasion with a number of new projects, including Testimony Films’¬†Not Guilty,¬†examining some of the 15,000 British men living with criminal records for offences committed under long-defunct anti-homosexuality laws; Swan Films’ 50 Shades of Gay (w/t), charting the changes in gay life and culture over the last 50 years; and Blast Films’ Epidemic¬†(w/t), revealing how Britain was changed forever by the battle against AIDS in the 1980s.

“For us at All 4, this important anniversary is about celebrating love and relationships in all their forms,” said All 4 commissioning editor Joshua Buckingham in a statement.

“As an expectant father myself I am fascinated to learn about other people’s experiences and also to hear their insight and perspectives on all the issues LGBTQIA parents face,” added Richardson.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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