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Harry Styles is ‘My Policeman’

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Legendary gay novelist E.M. Forster penned classics like “Maurice,” “Howards’ End” and “A Room with a View,” but he had as complicated a personal life as any queer person in the middle of the 20th century. His longstanding relationship with police officer Bob Buckingham, as well as with Buckingham’s wife, May, became the inspiration for Bethan Roberts’ novel, “My Policeman.” Currently in post-production, the film version of that novel is the kind of openly queer production that the book’s fictional protagonists could only dream of.

Starring Harry Styles and Linus Roache as younger and older versions of Tom, the titular cop, the film also features queer, non-binary actor Emma Corrin (Princess Diana on “The Crown”) and Gina McKee as younger and older versions of wife Marion, with David Dawson (“The Last Kingdom”) and gay screen vet Rupert Everett as the man who becomes involved with the ostensibly heterosexual married pair. Adapted by “Philadelphia” screenwriter Ron Nyswaner and directed by gay filmmaker Michael Grandage (“Genius”), we’re looking for this to do for bisexual poly relationships what mainstream queer filmmaking almost never does: get it respectfully right.

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