Growing up, Dustin Lance Black didn't think he'd be able to open up about his sexuality to his loved ones. His family was conservative – and Mormon. But when he was a teenager, a speech by the openly gay politician Harvey Milk allowed him to imagine a very different life for himself. Lance never forgot that speech, and years later, when he became a screenwriter, he decided to make a film about Milk. Lance went on to win an Oscar for that film. He told Outlook’s Emily Webb that a lot of his success is down to his mum.
The child who saved my life – and vanished
When so-called Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, Hogir Hirori - a documentary maker and refugee from the region - went back there to record what was going on. He came across a young girl who was seriously ill, and decided to drop everything to help her. But then she vanished. And Hogir now had a mystery to solve. Jo Fidgen takes up the story.
Credit: Hogir Hirori
The albino busker who became a star
Singer Lazarus Chigwandali has albinism which meant his life in Malawi wasn't easy, but that all changed when a video of him was seen by Swedish music producer Johan Hugo. Jo Fidgen takes up the story.
For information on Lazarus’ documentary and touring dates go to: https://www.facebook.com/LazarusMusicMalawi/
Image: Lazarus Chigwandali
Credit: David Darg
The man who stole the president's secrets
For many years, Uzbekistan was a particularly dangerous place to be a journalist. Speaking out against the government of former president Islam Karimov could lead to torture and a lengthy spell in prison. So it was a surprise for many when in 2004 secret messages started appearing online, containing what seemed like detailed and scandalous information about the president's household. For years, the identity of the writer was kept a secret, and the messages kept coming. Then one day, an inconspicuous football writer called Bobomurod Abdulla was snatched off the streets by the security forces, and the secret was finally out.
Image and credit: Bobomurod Abdulla
My dad the unlikely meth dealer
Growing up, James Lubbock knew his dad Richard as a clean-living family man. He was ‘solid, principled’, James says, and sold antique coins for a living. He loved jazz and opera. Then in his 50s Richard announced to the family that he was gay and things started to change. He shaved his head, changed his wardrobe, went clubbing. He then started taking hard drugs. It was a complete transformation from the father James knew, and drug-taking became drug-dealing: Richard became one of Britain's biggest dealers of crystal meth. Father and son join Emily Webb to tell their story.
Image: Richard & James Lubbock
Photo cred: James Lubbock