To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, we’re exploring our collective past through a season of exceptional British movies.

Nighthawks

Director: Ron Peck, Paul Hallam. Starring: Ken Robertson. UK 1978. 114 mins.

Often seen as Britain's first major gay film, Nighthawks is a vivid account of the London gay scene soon after decriminalisation, where, newly freed from the threat of imprisonment, men are able to seek love and sex in the dark confines of Soho clubs.