Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander will make his documentary debut later this year, as part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season.
Olly Alexander: Growing up Gay will air on BBC Three, exploring his experience with depression and the ties between mental health issues and the gay community.
Leila Monks and Laura Jones, executive producers behind the documentary, say: “We are hugely proud to be representing BBC3 as part of the Gay Britannia season and very excited to be working with somebody as talented as Olly on such an important film.”
The Gay Britannia season marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Other highlights include What Gay Did For Art –a celebration of the LGBTQ community’s impact on popular culture – and new drama Against The Law, which recounts the true story of journalist Peter Wildeblood, who was found guilty of homosexuality in the 1950s.
In 2016, Alexander claimed gay sex education should be taught in schools, telling Paris Lees on BBC Three’s The Paris Lees Sex Show: “Because do you know what, my sex education, it was all about how not to have sex. It’s all about how you should not get a girl pregnant, which fair enough, it’s like good advice. Me and my friend used to draw diagrams and be like, ‘OK, if you’re a guy and you’re having sex with another guy, like, what happens?”
Back in February, Alexander formed part of the Band 4 Refugees group which played the VO5 NME Awards 2017. The supergroup, which also included Charli XCX and Slaves’ Isaac Holman, performed pop covers for the Help Refugees charity.