Netflix film: Hating Peter Tatchell out now

Features Elton John, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry & George Carey


Chronicles 54 years of LGBT & other human rights campaigning


London, UK – 20 May 2021


Netflix has released a major new documentary film about Peter Tatchell’s 54 years of LGBT+ and other human rights campaigning.

Called Hating Peter Tatchell, it chronicles Peter’s 54 years of LGBT+ and other human rights campaigning.

From Executive producers Elton John and David Furnish, this is the powerful and inspiring true story of the controversial campaigner whose protests rocked the Establishment, revolutionised attitudes and laws on homosexuality, and exposed tyrants and injustice across the globe.

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History has vindicated Peter’s trailblazing stance, since the 1960s, on LGBT+ equality and other human rights issues. Inspired by the US black civil rights struggle, his David versus Goliath battles have won the respect of many critics and secured his status as a national treasure.

Featuring rare archive and an intimate conversation between Peter and celebrated actor Ian McKellen, there are also evocative interviews with the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, actor Stephen Fry, the ex-head of Stonewall Angela Mason, 1970s pop star Tom Robinson, former MP & cabinet minister Chris Smith and photojournalist Adrian Arbib who reported on some of Peter’s best-known protests.

This film explores what has motivated Peter Tatchell’s lifelong fight for universal human rights. It follows Peter as he embarks on his bid to protest at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow in 2018, to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT+ people in Russia and Chechnya. We witness his arrest next to Red Square and the Kremlin.

Hating Peter Tatchell also includes Peter’s confrontations with Mike Tyson (2002) and Robert Mugabe (1999 and 2001), the notorious Bermondsey by-election of 1983, staging the first LGBT+ protest in a communist country (East Germany 1973), and his Easter Sunday protest in Canterbury Cathedral in 1998.

Peter’s campaign record includes 3,000 non-violent protests, 100 arrests, 300 violent assaults, 50 attacks on his flat, half a dozen plots to kill him and thousands of death threats.

Hating Peter Tatchell includes rare footage of Peter’s mother and sister, and insights on why and how he began campaigning, the influence of the US black civil rights movement, what drives his passion, and some of his lesser-known protests.

The documentary has been produced by Wildbear Entertainment in Australia.

The film’s release on 20 May is worldwide (except Australia & New Zealand, where the release will be in August).