- By: Petra Boynton
Alfred Kinsey was a complex man who became one of the most famous—and controversial—sex researchers of recent times. Although people have questioned his ethics, methods, and personal life, he remains an important figure in sexology.
The importance of research underpins the whole of this movie about Kinsey's life and work. Cast members were required to learn about Kinsey, his study team, and his methods for taking sexual histories. Director Bill Condon decided to mirror Kinsey's interviewing technique ‘as a way into Kinsey's personal biography,’ so the film is very matter of fact about issues to do with sex, including Kinsey's own relationships and particularly his bisexuality.
Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson) grew up with a religious and domineering father, and as a young child he suffered from a number of serious illnesses, including rickets. As an adult Kinsey made a career as a biologist, specialising in the taxonomy of the