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Stephen Fry’s 'Out There' premieres on ABC

Stephen Fry’s 'Out There' premieres on ABC

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13 Written by // Cec Busby

Out actor and LGBTI rights activist, Stephen Fry, removes himself from his cosy bubble of tolerance and acceptance to venture forth into a world where sometimes being gay can be punishable by death.

In this two-part documentary commissioned by the BBC, Fry travels all over the globe to find out what it is like to be gay in countries such as Russia and Uganda.

The series delivers an eye-opening look at the resilience and spirit of many of the world’s LGBTI people, who face intolerance and homophobia at stupefying levels on a daily basis.

The series will have its Aussie premiere on ABC on Monday January 20 at 830pm.

Listen to this interview with Fry regarding his work on the series.



Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

Comments (3)

  • Eric Glare

    22 January 2014 at 19:03 |
    There is some great material in part 1 but not much new information for me so its success rested on the interviews and the country context we were able to see. But I was disappointed because it was so shambolic and Fry seemed as if he had done next to no preparation at times. A couple of the interviews were a mess and undignified (eg, the Ugandan politician; finger pointing "you're obsessed with anal sex") so we were left no knowing the bigots' rationale beyond just 'Christianity'. He didn't allow time for a proper response following the one homophobe's amazement that he had never had anal sex on which their bigotry rested. He even talked over a very sensitive moment when someone was talking about suicide. It's like the edit we see isn't how it was planned when it was filmed - obviously not an easy task for the topic.


  • Hugh Macindoe

    21 January 2014 at 08:41 |
    Congratulations to the ABC for showing this two-part series, Monday on ABC 1 at 8.30pm. Stephen Fry investigates various facets of gay life & homophobia in a variety of different countries. In Episode 1 particularly chilling are his interviews with homophobic bigots in Uganda - Cory Bernardi would feel right at home there. Also horrific are the brief snippets about the hangings of gays in Iran & the 12 year gaol sentences for gays in Sri Lanka. In LA he exposes the false claims of 'reparative therapy' to be able to change the sexual orientation of gay men. Other questions raised are how important is it these days for a gay performer to keep his sexuality private? Answer: (if you're Elton John) Not at all. Also is it possible for a gay actor to perform the part of a heterosexual womaniser convincingly? Answer: Yes. Next Monday: Gay life in Brazil, Russia & India.


  • Colin Smith

    17 January 2014 at 21:30 |
    Another great gay show which people will enjoy is "Partners" on Channel 9 on Mondays and Thursdays at 11.30 pm.


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