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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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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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