The Love Letters Of Gilbert Bradley And Gordon Bowsher
The Love Letters Of Gilbert Bradley And Gordon Bowsher – Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher fell in love just before the start of the Second World War; however when Gilbert entered the army their relationship survived through well-crafted letters.
The letters, which were displayed at our Birmingham Pop-In Center in March, came thanks to Mark Hignett, Curator of Oswestry Museum.
The Love Letters Of Gilbert Bradley And Gordon Bowsher
After receiving 600 letters in 2017 he began to piece together the story. At first, he thought they were between a man and a woman. It was only when he realized that the ‘G’ signed the letters was a man that he realized their historical significance.
Ww2 Love Letters
It was not limited to persecution, nor do their letters focus on the hardships they supposedly faced. Instead, the theme focuses on the things they enjoyed, including the little time they spent together.
“I get scared when I think about the prospect of going back to civilian life and not being able to be with you,” Gordon wrote.
The two men were putting themselves at great risk by exchanging letters. Homosexuality was illegal until 1957, and participating in any homosexual act was punishable by 10 years in prison.
Fortunately, they were not legally prosecuted because of their gender, but that did not mean that they were not affected by the law of the time.
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The two men clearly place great importance on the way the world views their relationship, and they feel that it cannot be real without widespread approval.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all our letters could be published in the future in an enlightened time. Gordon Bowsher Excerpt from a letter to Gilbert Bradley
“To me, our love is so great that I feel it cannot exist without the whole world knowing,” Gordon writes. “I feel that all our happiness and unhappiness should be shared”.
Gordon’s fixation on this ideal leads him to write that the letters “must be published some day when the world is wise and broad-minded”.
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Surprisingly, that day is upon us. “Gordon, we’re getting there,” Hignett says. “The time to publish your and Gilbert’s story is now”.
Hignett’s personal transformation is part of the story. He admits that the letters have changed him a lot. Speaking at the Shrewsbury LGBT History Festival, he jokes that if his girlfriend had told him he would be there, he would have laughed at him.
Now, he uses any opportunity he has to emphasize the lesson of letters: how proud we should be to live in an age where we can truly respect the love between Gordon and Gilbert.
RBL’s David Fairclough, Group Leader of Insights and Ideas, agrees. “They show how far we have come in society,” he said.
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Despite the fact that homosexuality was not legal at the time, Gilbert Bradley and his lover Gordon Bowsher exchanged hundreds of threatening letters, eventually risking their freedom and their health if the couple were to be caught.
For service, homosexual acts were a court-martial offense, with penalties ranging from prison sentences for what was termed “gross obscenity” and death when armed forces personnel were caught in same-sex acts.
The letters, which have recently come to light after Bradley’s death in 2008, highlight and shine an important light on homosexual relationships during the second world war.
Bradley, a conscientious objector was an anti-aircraft gunner and met Bowsher on a houseboat holiday before the 1938 Devon War.
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Mark Hignett, of Oswestry Town Museum, has bought hundreds of Bradley and Bowsher’s letters for thousands of pounds, so the public can view the collection from the heart.
Gay rights activist, Peter Roscoe said that nowadays gay men almost destroy love letters for fear of being arrested.
“There is a gay history and it’s not always bad and sad. But despite all the bad situations, gay men and lesbians are able to rise above everything and have an interesting and good life despite everything,” explains Roscoe.
Similarly in one line from the collection: “Wouldn’t it be nice if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then the whole world could see how much we love each other,” the work on the book is already underway in the museum, where the letters will be displayed to the general public.
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In the UK it was not until the Sexual Offenses Act of 1967 that consenting men aged 21 and over were legally allowed to have homosexual relationships. Disturbingly being openly gay in the UK armed services was not allowed until the year 2000.
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LETTERS TO MEN is based on the true love letters written by Gordon Bowsher to his lover, Gilbert Bradley. Their love letters were exchanged between the years 1938 and 1941 but were revealed in 2017. I first read about this amazing story when I stumbled across a BBC article about letters and knew this was the story I had to tell. The fact that Gordon’s letters have survived is a gift to all of us and there is much in them about their relationship, queer culture, the tragedies they both faced making war, and the unconditional love they had for each other. I made this film in hopes of sharing this amazing story with a wider audience and paying tribute to Gilbert and Gordon and many others like them.
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The fact that these words exist is a small miracle. There are very few written records of this kind in the world because it was common for fanatics to burn their letters to avoid being caught and charged. So hearing the words from their real letters and seeing their lives represented on film is an incredibly powerful experience.
Most of my projects are supported by my experience as an outsider. Growing up I was diagnosed with dyslexia and it had a huge impact on me as a child. I felt and was often treated differently. I also grew up in a very small town in Michigan as a gay kid, so I spent a lot of time looking out and learning to understand that I’m not like other people.
Eventually I would like to tell this story in a feature film or as a mini-series. So at first I was working on a way to tell this in a compelling way in a long, complete story. But last year an opportunity arose to make a short film and since I spent a lot of time thinking and developing this story, I thought it would be a good opportunity to adapt the characters in a short film format.
Because these letters have been in my life for a few years now, it’s been rewarding to finally be able to show the people in my life exactly what I’ve been dreaming of. The response was very positive. We will have our world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. It’s truly a dream to have that kind of validation and platform to share this story.
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One of the decisions I made early on when adapting my original ideas into a short film format was to use actual words from characters. It was a big risk, and people were honest with me that it might not work as a compelling short story. But the letters themselves are unique, and in most cases, well written. Hearing the words as they are written, describing how they meet and the pain of falling in love and being separated from each other produces something important that I am not sure can be repeated in a traditional short form. I wanted this to be emotional