BFI Flare Film Festival Review: Age of Consent
4th April 2014
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This intriguing and frequently explicit documentary charts the history of a London leather bar, The Hoist, which has been running since 1996. This club is frequented by men who wish to have sex with other men within a new and exciting environment (often with the help of a harness or two). By taking this venue as its base and starting point, the film then takes the audience through the history of male same-sex activity from partial-decriminalisation in the 1960s right up to the use of apps such as Grindr in twenty-first century Britain. The style is refreshingly straight-forward, and directors Charles Lum and Todd Verow steer their daring and in-your-face film around many fascinating subjects.
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