BNP councillor defends 'erotic' film

BNP councillor accused of making gay porn film
BNP councillor accused of making gay porn film

The London leader of the British National party (BNP) has been forced to deny claims that he made a gay porn film in his youth.

Richard Barnbrook, leader of the 11 BNP councillors in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, made a movie at art school which shows naked men frolicking by a river.

According to London's Evening Standard, which obtained the video, there is also a narrator quoting "erotic poetry", such as: "I dream of altar boys."

There are scenes of flagellation and in one clip, the film reportedly shows one man performing a sex act on another.

Described on one website as "Marxist", the film has the potential to cause considerable consternation among the far-right party, which is highly critical of homosexuality.

In its manifesto for last week's local elections, the BNP said its councillors would "seek a local referendum asking parents for their backing for a local prohibition on the teaching of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle choice".

However, Mr Barnbrook, a former teacher, denied the suggestion that HMS Discovery: A Love Story had a specifically gay focus, saying: "It's an art film, end of story.

"It was not a bloody porn film. The only nudity in it is a couple of guys running in a river. It is not about homosexuality. It is about sexuality.

"This was done when I was a student. It was part of my extra education, part of my studies and that was it. This was sometime back in the mid-80s."

The revelation has provoked glee among the BNP's opponents, however - particularly after the party's relative success in England's local elections, when it won 33 council seats and became the official opposition in Dagenham.


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