Naked Protest| 49mins
Director: Nick Hillel | Producer: Marc Silver
Focus Years: 1999 | Country: United Kingdom
The documentary explores the right to be naked in public, was aired on Channel 4 (UK) as part of "The Other Side" series. "The Freedom to be Yourself" campaign (TFTBY or FTBY) was founded in 1999 by Vincent Bethell. The group, according to Vincent Bethell is about "the right to be naked in public". The campaign is about non-sexual public nakedness. Supporters of the TFTBY organized several grassroots naked protests in public in London; there have also been protests in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Coventry, and some in the United States. January 10, 2001: Vincent Bethell made legal history by being the first defendant to stand trial naked in a UK court. The trial was at Southwark Crown Court London. Vincent was charged with the crime of "Public Nuisance", which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Vincent was naked throughout this court case, furthermore he was found unanimously not guilty by the jury. Prior to Vincent's historic court case, he spent 5 months naked in solitary confinement (Segregation Unit) at Brixton Prison (London). In December 2000, fellow activist Russell Shaw Higgs joined Vincent naked in Brixton prison. Russell had a letter about his imprisonment published shortly before being released when all charges were dropped after Vincent's acquittal.