Julia Alcamo’s film follows the work of activist Ted Brown in raising awareness about the abuse his late husband faced
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY JULIA ALCAMO
Shortlisted for the Iris Prize Best British Short, Julia Alcamo’s film Ted & Noel is now available to watch on Channel 4. The documentary follows the iconic activist Ted Brown who is fighting for justice after his late husband suffered abuse in his care home.
Today it was announced that Ted & Noel has won the Iris Prize Co-op Audience Award, which was voted for by the festival audience in-person and online.
Marc Kurucz, Retail Operations Excellence Manager at the Co-op, said: “Ted & Noel is an incredibly captivating film and very deserving of this award, telling the story of dealing with grief as life goes on, and whilst as a community we have come so far, there is still so much that needs to be done for LGBTQIA people to just be able to exist.”
Ted Brown has been advocating for LGBTQIA rights for his entire life. In fact, he was one of the people who helped arrange the UK’s first Gay Pride in 1972. He has always fought for the rights of the Black queer community and has been a firm pillar in the world of LGBTQIA activism. After meeting his husband Noel, and the pair lived a very happy life being activists together.
When Noel was diagnosed with dementia he was placed in a care home. Instead of receiving help, he was a victim of verbal and physical homophobic abuse. Julia Alcamo’s film Ted & Noel follows the story of one grieving man’s journey to get justice for his husband.
Ted and other activists have started the Not Going Into The Care Closet campaign to help raise awareness about homophobic abuse occurring in care homes across the country. The abuse Noel faced is unfortunately all too common in the UK, but Ted hopes that the documentary will help to shed light on an issue most turn their backs on.
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