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The true story of how one man defies critics to create change and bring human rights issues into the mainstream.
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Narrated by film actor and human rights campaigner Sir Ian McKellen, Hating Peter Tatchell is the inspiring true story of world renowned human rights activist Peter Tatchell. 

Acclaimed actor and film star Sir Ian McKellen unveil the blue plaque honouring gay rights and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Acclaimed actor and film star Sir Ian McKellen unveil the blue plaque honouring gay rights and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

Filmmaker Chris Amos discovers why Peter Tatchell for decades a public hate figure, is still being targeted by hate campaigns and smears by the far right and far left. 

Over the past decade, Peter has gone from being one of the most despised public figures in Britain to one of the most loved. His unique brand of human rights activism has brought him media and public scrutiny.

Hating Peter Tatchell charts his 50 years of human rights activism and the immense personal price he has paid: the hate mail, death threats and violent assaults - with the latter resulting in brain and eye damage. 

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This film documents his triumphs and tribulations which have impacted British politics and the politics of other countries as far reaching as Russia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 

It includes challenges to, and encounters with, Tony Blair, Robert Mugabe, Mike Tyson, the African National Congress leadership and successive Archbishops of Canterbury. 

This is a true story of overcoming adversity and of incredible personal achievement: how one man can bring marginal human rights issues into the mainstream to create positive change.

Robert Mugabe's security attack British human rights activist Peter Tatchell after he attempted a citizens' arrest of the Zimbabwean president in Brussels on 5 March 2001
Robert Mugabe's security attack British human rights activist Peter Tatchell after he attempted a citizens' arrest of the Zimbabwean president in Brussels on 5 March 2001

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

In 2017, Peter will celebrate his 50th anniversary crusading for human rights. Such an auspicious anniversary demands acknowledgement of his tireless efforts for LGBT rights, from which many of us benefit from today. 

There are plans for a variety show gala with a host of big name acts performing. To support this 50 year milestone, this documentary - Hating Peter Tatchell - will be shown at film festivals around the world. We are also currently in talks to have the documentary screened on TV and available on online.

Last year, filmmaker Chris Amos produced the documentary Dressed as a Girl, highlighting the lives of alternative performers in East London. This documentary toured film festivals around the world and is now available in the UK to watch on Netflix. We have the same vision for Hating Peter Tatchell

This documentary has already been accepted to take part in the prestigious Medimed Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market & Pitching Forum taking place in Sitges this October. 

Furthermore in November Hating Peter Tatchell documentary will also be showcased at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Naturally having a successful Kickstarter campaign for the documentary will help greatly in negotiations with TV commissioners, film distributors and sales agents. 

We are seeking your help and ask that you please give generously. In return we will deliver this inspirational film about how one man can truly change the world for the better.

PERSONAL NOTE FROM DIRECTOR CHRIS AMOS

Filmmaker Chris Amos with Peter Tatchell at Equality Ball 2015
Filmmaker Chris Amos with Peter Tatchell at Equality Ball 2015

Over the years I have come to appreciate Peter’s eccentricities, his meticulous detail defending human rights accurately and articulately, and witnessed his passion to work around the clock on campaigns. Despite his efforts he has come under severe criticism. He is the person who for decades the media and critics loved to hate. Through this documentary you have the chance to meet the real man and hear the true story. 

For this documentary film I intend to meet the people who have been affected by his campaigns, including his family. I have already interviewed his 89 year old mother Mardi, a devout Christian residing in Australia, who would rather Peter not been gay. 

Peter with his mother Mardi
Peter with his mother Mardi

I will also reach out to Peter's opponents and get their thoughts on his sometimes divisive campaign tactics and find out what the consequences of Peter's protests have had on them.

I want to unpack this story from all sides, and get to the bottom of the emotional reactions he has inspired throughout his life. 

The film narrative will be told chronologically in the following chapters: 

  • Childhood and self-discovery in Australia from 1952 to 1970
  • The 70s: The birth of the Gay Liberation Front
  • The 80s: open season on queers by state, church & tabloids
  • The 90s: OutRage! is founded and direct action campaigns divides opinion
  • A new millennium but the struggle continues
  • Today 2016 - In Peter’s own words

After contextualising Peter's life and work, meeting those he has affected personally, we will meet Peter today. Fifty years of campaigning has taken its toll. Peter is frail, with minor brain and eye injuries the result of numerous physical attacks. He lives in his one bedroom council flat in Elephant and Castle cluttered with protest paraphernalia. How did such a passionate and renowned man gather so little? His sacrifice helped create real change in the world. 

Even today Peter, aged 64, is putting in 100+ hours a week campaigning, working on the LGBT-Muslim Solidarity Campaign, protesting anti-LGBTI persecution in Commonwealth countries and speaking out on human rights in the media. His vision didn't end with United Kingdom, his vision encompasses the whole world. Help us celebrate and honour his life and work by giving generously to our Kickstarter documentary fund. 

Still campaigning: Peter leads the LGBT Muslim Solidarity Campaign
Still campaigning: Peter leads the LGBT Muslim Solidarity Campaign

 

Where the Kickstarter money goes...

Your generous support here on Kickstarter will help fund filming and source archive footage and music to tell this story. Extra money we raise will be used to promote the film when it is finished so it is seen by as many people as possible. So please give even if the target is reached. 

We are working on a bare bones budget and have secured significant discounts in obtaining archiving footage but there are still financial costs for transferring footage, filming interviews, hiring a cameraman and lighting equipment and editing the film.

Aside from helping us make this film, there are great rewards up for grabs for our backers, organic cotton bags, t-shirts and even a special dinner with Peter Tatchell.

Everyone who backs this film will have their name in the credits.

How You Can Help

1. Back the Project: Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don't make our goal, we get nothing.

2. Spread the Word: Even if you can't donate, sharing the link with your family and friends does a world of difference in getting more people to contribute.

3. Follow Us Online: Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information including behind the scenes photos, clips, and anecdotes!

4. Connect With Us: If you have any questions (or would like to contact us for press), send us an e-mail at chris@chrysaorproductions.com

Support Hating Peter Tatchell - the Documentary today
Support Hating Peter Tatchell - the Documentary today

 

Pledge £75 to receive support bag, supporter shirt & link to watch the film
Pledge £75 to receive support bag, supporter shirt & link to watch the film

 

Pledge £25 to receive supporter bag & badge and link to watch the film.
Pledge £25 to receive supporter bag & badge and link to watch the film.

UPCOMING PETER TATCHELL FOUNDATION EVENTS

In the lead up to next year, fundraisers are being held to support the work Peter does speaking out for human rights. Tickets for both these events can be purchased here on Kickstarter via the pledging for this Kickstarter project. However, if you wish to purchase just tickets to these event then please click on the posters below for more information.

£220 pledge includes two tickets to this year’s Equality Ball
£220 pledge includes two tickets to this year’s Equality Ball

 

 

Interview with director Chris Amos
Interview with director Chris Amos

 

Interview with director Chris Amos
Interview with director Chris Amos

 

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

Please contact Chris Amos if you wish to invest larger sums of money in the production or talk business. Tel: +44 (0)7879 816369 Email: chris@chrysaorproductions.com

Risks and challenges

Hating Peter Tatchell is truly a project meant to inspire others. This is a film made with conviction and love to highlight how one person can help create change in society.

Micro-budget documentary filmmaking relies on pulling in lots of favours, fitting into other people's schedule and waiting for the right moment for opportunities. External circumstances may cause delays in delivery the final film.

A lot has already been achieved with hardly any cash. To move things forward though we need the capital. We intend to do further fundraisers after this one to maintain income so the project can be completed and we hope that when we have a strong offline cut of the film, investment and support from the industry or sponsors will be easier to obtain. If not, the team behind this documentary are determined that the final product will reach distribution, even if it takes a little more time.

We have already begun discussions with distribution companies and festivals and the completion of this next stage will mean that we can talk confidently to the people and organisations who can make the documentary come to fruition. Please join us.

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    TWO TICKETS TO EQUALITY BALL

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    TWO TICKETS to this year’s Equality Ball on Saturday 26th November in London featuring performances from Andy Bell (Erasure) and La Voix. A fabulous party with buffet dinner. (Travel and accommodation not included)

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    Shaka Zulu & Peter Tatchell Foundation presents Africa Extravaganza on Thursday 13 October 2016 in Camden, London. (Travel and accommodation not included)

    The Gala Dinner includes sparkling reception and canapés, 3 course meal, breathtaking live entertainment including: drummers, fire eaters, acrobats, trapeze artists & 90’s pop sensation Angie Brown.

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    PARTY PACKAGE!!

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    ALSO you will receive 2 tickets to either the Equality Ball on Saturday 26 November or Africa Extravaganza on Thursday 13 October. You decide which.
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    DINNER WITH PETER TATCHELL

    You will be invited to a special dinner in a top London restaurant for you and a guest to dine with Peter Tatchell and HATING PETER TATCHELL director Chris Amos.

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