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BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

Our coverage 2019 here

Our coverage 2018 here


The BFI is thrilled to announce that the 33rd edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival (21-31 March at BFI Southbank) will open with the UK premiere of Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia at BFI Southbank. 

Vita & Virginia is the true story of the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and the enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). The film tells the story of the birth of the novel their intoxicating encounters inspired: Woolf’s bold experiment in art and androgyny, Orlando.

When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The film is a celebration of their unconventional bond; a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion. Vita & Virginia is a love story, told in a contemporary style, about two women – two writers – who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection.

Vita & Virginia is written (screenplay) by Chanya Button and adapted from Dame Eileen Atkins’ play of the same name. With a supporting cast that includes Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando, Vita & Virginia was shot in Dublin and produced by Evangelo Kioussis and Katie Holly. The film will open in the UK on 12 July 2019 through Thunderbird Releasing.

The Festival is also delighted to confirm that the Pureland Foundation will return as Main Supporter of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The second in their three-year commitment to the Festival, this continues a significant philanthropic contribution from the Foundation, providing vital support for the Festival and bolstering its success. 

Chanya Button, director and screenwriter, Vita & Virginia says: “I’m beyond thrilled that Vita & Virginia will be opening BFI Flare. Tricia Tuttle’s support has been invaluable, and I’m so grateful that this film that celebrates love and creativity in all its forms will have a platform at such a vivid and forward thinking festival. ”

Michael Blyth, BFI Flare’s Senior Programmer says: “With the exquisite Vita & Virginia, director Chanya Button has crafted a rich and sensuous account of the relationship between two extraordinary women. Boasting superb performances by Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki in the title roles, Button’s refreshingly feminist period piece offers a bold and contemporary exploration of sexual fluidity, gender and literature itself, and we can’t wait to share it with BFI Flare audiences.”

Tricia Tuttle, Director, BFI Festivals says: “We’re delighted to have such a strong new British film opening BFI Flare – and from a wonderfully talented female filmmaker to boot! BFI Flare goes from strength to strength, which is the result of increased investment in LGBTQ+ filmmaking globally, and also a reflection of support from key partners. This is particularly true of our Main Supporter, The Pureland Foundation who share our belief that BFI Flare has a very real positive social and cultural benefit.”


 


 

 

2019 films...

A

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Affirmations screening in the short films programme The Short Films of Marlon Riggs

Anemone screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Anthem screening in the short films programme The Short Films of Marlon Riggs

Aphrodite screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

B

Battle Cry screening with Tucked

Batty Boy screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

The Bed and the Street screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Between Us Two screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Black Hat screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

Black Lips screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

The Blond One

Blue Boys screening with Operation Spanner: Then and Now

Break Me screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

C

Call Her Ganda

Carlito se va para siempre screening with Cassandro, the Exotico!

Carmen & Lola

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Children Alike screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Concern for Welfare screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted

Consequences

Crashing Waves screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Crystal Clear screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

D

Dario screening in the short films programme Labyrinths of Desire

The Date screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Deep in Vogue

Diva screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Donebeing screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Dressed for Pleasure screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted

E

Enter screening in the short films programme Labyrinths of Desire

Escape from Rented Island: The Lost Paradise of Jack Smith

Estigma screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

F

Finding Home screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

Finding Home: Brandon screening with The Silk and the Flame

First Day screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

Flora screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Foreign Lovers screening in the short films programme Labyrinths of Desire

The Foreigner screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Foxy Trot screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Framing Agnes screening in the short films programme Making History

From Zero to I Love You

The Fruit Machine

Fun Only screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

G

Gender screening with Little Miss Westie

Gentleman Spa screening in the short films programme Labyrinths of Desire

Giant Little Ones

Girl

The Gospel of Eureka

A Great Ride screening in the short films programme Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Greta

The Ground Beneath My Feet

H

The Half Wall screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Halston

The Heiresses

High Tide screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

Home Girl screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

I

I screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

If Only for a Moment screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

Infinite While It Lasts screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

Invisible Women screening in the short films programme Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Isha screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

J

Jas screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

José

JT Leroy

K

Knife + Heart

L

Ladies Day screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Land’s End screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Last Ferry

Lasting Marks screening with Operation Spanner: Then and Now

Late Nights in the Lab screening with Little Miss Westie

Leitis in Waiting

Lift Little Tokyo screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Light in the Water

Listen screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

Little Miss Westie

Lizzie

M

Main Man screening in the short films programme What Makes a Man, a Man?

Making Montgomery Clift

Man Made

Mankind screening in the short films programme What Makes a Man, a Man?

Mapplethorpe

Marco screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

Masks screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted

Maybe Today screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

Meet Me Under the Clock screening in the short films programme Making History

Men of Hard Skin

Misdirection screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Monica – Loose on a Cruise screening in the short films programme Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

My Loneliness Is Killing Me screening in the short films programme Labyrinths of Desire

N

Nevrland

Night Comes On

Night Out screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Nirvana screening in the short films programme Making History

No Box for Me. An Intersex Story

Non, Je ne regrette rien screening in the short films programme The Short Films of Marlon Riggs

None of the Above screening in the short films programme The Way Things Are

A Normal Girl screening with No Box for Me. An Intersex Story

O

October Boy screening in the short films programme The Time Is Now

On the Line screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Operation Spanner: Then and Now

The Orphan screening with Night Comes On

P

Papi Chulo

Parker screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

Parking screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

Pirate Boys screening in the short films programme Making History

Please Mind the Gap screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

Polymorph screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Ponyboi screening with No Box for Me. An Intersex Story

Pool screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted

Q

Queer Babel screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

R

Rafiki

Red Cow

Renovation screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

Roman

Roommate screening in the short films programme Hook Ups and Downs

Rubber Dolphin screening in the short films programme What Makes a Man, a Man?

S

See the Man screening with Deep in Vogue

Self-Destructive Boys screening with Roman

Shelter: Farewell to Eden

The Silk and the Flame

Silvia in the Waves screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

Socrates

Sparrow screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

Splinters

Stage Name: Victoria screening with Leitis in Waiting

Sunburn

Sworded Love screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

T

Tell it to the Bees

They Found Her in a Field screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

The Third Movement screening in the short films programme Life in Transit

This Year, Here screening in the short films programme Making History

Thrive screening in the short films programme What Makes a Man, a Man?

Tomorrow Island screening in the short films programme Making History

Tongues Untied

Transmilitary

Transmission screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted

Treacle screening in the short films programme Calm Inside the Storm

Tucked

Turning screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

Two in the Bush: A Love Story

U

United We Fan

V

Vision Portraits

Vita & Virginia

W

Water Makes Us Wet

Wayward Emulsions screening in the short films programme In Place of the Real

We the Animals

When Abbie Met Emmy screening in the short films programme Dancing with a Stranger

Wicked Women screening in the short films programme Making History

Wildfire screening in the short films programme Challenge Accepted