Peter de Rome



Peter de Rome | Vimeo | 14086

Peter de Rome was born in France in 1924, grew up in England and became an American citizen in 1997. He is the writer, photographer and director of many short, gay, erotic movies. He is regarded as a pioneer of gay porn movies. During the second world war he served with the Royal Air Force in France, Belgium and Germany. On demobilisation in 1947, he became an actor with Birmingham Rep before becoming a film publicist for organisations such as J. Arthur Rank. He emigrated to the US in 1963 finding work as a salesman in a jewellery store in New York. He left that after a short time to go to the Southern States where he began making films. His first full length film was shot in 1974. He continued to work as a film publicist for various film companies until he retired.


Peter de Rome in London | Uncredited/Guardian | 14087

De Rome made his films when homosexuality was illegal. Films he directed included “Fire Island Kids” and “Underground”. The documentary film “Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn” has been produced by Ethan Reid.


Peter De Rome | Uncredited and undated | 16170gh

Peter De Rome is the subject of a new documentary film, “Grandfather Of Gay Porn”.

… Peter De Rome, the late British film-maker who served in the RAF during the second world war, worked as a publicist on The Third Man, campaigned for civil rights in the American south, and then became the Grandfather Of Gay Porn, as the film’s title enthusiastically dubs him. De Rome’s films were unpopular with the authorities in the 60s and 70s, but they struck a chord with audiences by documenting gay sexuality with unashamed vigour.


The Fire Island Kids by Peter De Rome | Uncredited and undated | 16171gh

When British censors agreed to certify a compilation of De Rome’s work in 2010, they noted the “artistic, cultural and historical merit” that made the film “distinguishable from a sex work”.



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