John Wilkes: a forgotten hero

A film shows why the scoundrel and pornographer ought to be a hero for anyone who values liberty today.

In this film from citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes, the political passion of infamous eighteenth-century scoundrel and pornographer John Wilkes is laid bare.

We learn of Wilkes’ debauchery in the Hellfire caves, but we are also reminded of his immense contribution to the fight for press freedom, something recognised in his influence on the Sons of Liberty in America. Interwoven with archive imagery, street interviews and a breach of privacy for spiked’s Mick Hume, John Wilkes: Forgotten Hero reveals a man prepared to go all the way in life, and in print.

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