It's fifty years since Richard Dyer first arrived in Birmingham, a young English graduate embarking on an MA at the recently established Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies.
His experiences at CCCS and as part of the nascent Gay Liberation Front would prove crucial to his subsequent work as an academic, developing ideas around whiteness, stars and queer identity which remain hugely influential today. Dyer is back in Birmingham to reflect on this journey with Jose Arroyo (University of Warwick), followed by a rare screening of Mai Zetterling's debut film Loving Couples - first experienced by our guest at the Birmingham Arts Lab, and a landmark exploration of female sexuality.
Presented in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival. 1971 image of the Eagle and Tun (including Richard Dyer in white shirt) courtesy of Ian Sanderson.