'A Panorama of Gay Life': Nighthawks and British queer cinema in the 1970s

Glyn Davis

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Abstract / Description of output

This essay provides an overview of the making, reception and significance of Ron Peck and Paul Hallam's film 'Nighthawks' (1978). Often lauded as a classic of British queer cinema, very little attention has been paid to the film by scholars. Based on original research into the film's production files, as well as interviews with those involved in its making, the essay details the protracted process of developing and making the film, its connections with wider discussions around LGBTQ representation on screen taking place in the UK during the 1970s, and the film's reception and afterlife.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema
EditorsRonald Gregg, Amy Villarejo
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190878023
ISBN (Print)9780190877996
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • queer cinema
  • LGBTQ cinema
  • queer history
  • queer culture
  • UK queer history
  • film studies


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