Pop music historian Jon Savage spoke to Noel Halifax about his new collection of gay pop music from the 1960s to the 1980s.
A few years ago I compiled a record called England's Dreaming to accompany a book I had written about punk. I enjoyed doing that so much that I approached the record company with an idea of releasing a compilation of weird old gay records.
Review of 'A Year Without Love', director Anahi Berneri
I wanted to like this film. It is, after all, the diary of an HIV positive gay man, Pablo, set in the mid-1990s in Argentina just before the arrival of combination therapy. Pablo decides to write a diary to chart his life. He is also into casual sex in pornographic cinemas, and develops a taste for S&M sex and roleplay after he joins a leather sex group. Oh, and of course he is also looking for love. So it's not what you would call a family film.
Review of 'Alexander', director Oliver Stone
This no holds barred biopic of Alexander the Great sets out to tell the whole truth, or least as much as we know, of Alexander - including the gay or bisexual truth about him and the sexual mores of the period.
As such the film has come under attack by the Greek government, which threatened to sue over this 'slur' on their great national hero. The slur was to portray Alexander as bisexual. Now that really is perverse.
Review of 'The History Boys' by Alan Bennett, National Theatre
Alan Bennett does not like New Labour, and is a very witty and observant writer. The play is set in a boys' grammar school in the north of England in the 1980s, where they are grooming their best half dozen or so pupils for Oxford and Cambridge.