New doco shows Gore Vidal’s pathbreaking outspokenness on sexuality


He wrote one of the first mainstream novels with openly gay characters, way back in the 1940s. He knew JFK, travelled China with Gough Whitlam, and counted Bob Carr among his friends. Now a new documentary explores the life of the US writer Gore Vidal, a man with radical politics and a razor-sharp wit.

He was passionately anti-war and concerned about the power of vested interests in US politics, but in the leadup to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, it’s perhaps his pathbreaking outspokenness on sexuality that is most striking. Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall joined me in The Wire studio earlier to discuss his new documentary on Gore Vidal.

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