BFI is on a roll at the moment, what with a current release slate that includes HER PRIVATE HELL, THE DEVILS, NIGHTBIRDS, THE BLACK PANTHER and also this release, which I don't think I've seen discussed on this forum thus far:
Various; Release date: 19th March 2012
"In a hundred years movies, homosexuality has only rarely been depicted on the screen... When it did appear, it was there as something to laugh at - or something to pity - or even something to fear. These were fleeting images, but they were unforgettable, and they left a lasting legacy. Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gay people... and gay people what to think about themselves." The Celluloid Closet
This new collection from the BFI featuring four rarely seen gay classic shorts brought together on one disc is essential viewing for anyone interested in queer cinema.
Dream A40 (UK, Lloyd Reckord, 1965): Two years before the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexuality, a young gay couple's relationship is put to the test as they make a journey during which they must refrain from public demonstrations of affection. Daring and poetic, Dream A40 was the second film by Jamaican actor-director Lloyd Reckord.
Vapors (US, Andy Milligan, 1965): Independent US director Andy Milligan's first film offers a fascinating glimpse into the pre-Stonewall gay scene. Set in New York's St Mark's bathhouse, this bold and sensitive film chronicles an emotionally awkward encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.
Come Dancing (UK, Bill Douglas, 1970): Celebrated filmmaker Bill Douglas' early student short follows two men who meet in a cafe on a Southend pier. Glances, body language and very brief snatches of lewd dialogue suggest a pick-up, but the atmosphere soon darkens and events take an unexpected twist.
Encounter (US, Peter de Rome, 1971): A number of young men wander through the streets of New York in a dream-like trance before finally coming together in a secret tactile ritual. Directed by legendary filmmaker Peter de Rome, this wordless erotic fantasy is presented here with a new score by Stephen Thrower.
* Lloyd Reckord in conversation at the BFI Southbank (2011): the director of Dream A40 discusses his controversial film.
* Illustrated booklet with essays and full credits for each film.