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BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

Our coverage 2020 here

Our coverage 2019 here

Our coverage 2018 here


The 34th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival unveiled its full programme tonight at BFI Southbank. One of the world’s most significant and long-standing LGBTIQ+ film events, BFI Flare will present over 50 features, 85 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, family-friendly and free events, club nights and more. Tickets go on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare to the general public on 27th February. 

As previously announced, the Festival will open with the World Premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s remarkable feature debut CICADA, about a young man forced to face past traumas when he embarks on a new relationship. The Closing Night Gala is the UK Premiere of acclaimed theatre director Jessica Swale’s SUMMERLAND, a moving Second World War drama about a woman rediscovering her ability to love, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 

The Centrepiece Screening of the Festival is the UK Premiere of DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN, the latest documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Sam Feder. Absorbing and informative, providing a timely history lesson at the crossroads of change, the film features Laverne Cox at the helm and a cast of big hitters that include the Wachowski sisters and Chaz Bono.   

Additional programme highlights include Jamie Patterson’s arresting sophomore feature JUSTINE, which sees a young woman struggle with her demons in this powerful rumination on how the past can shape the present, MOFFIE, Oliver Hermanus’ beautiful yet brutal study of closeted homosexuality in the Apartheid-era military and MONSOON, Hong Khaou’s poignant meditation on cultural displacement featuring Henry Golding in a tender portrayal of a man endeavouring to reconnect with the place he once called home. With DON’T LOOK DOWN, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau serve up a deliciously enigmatic chamber piece which is far more than just an exercise in style, but is also a sly critique on power, submission and the destructive side of love, while Claire Oakley’s debut feature MAKE UP is a riveting psycho-sexual drama in which nothing is quite what it seems. 

Among the key themes emerging from this year’s programme are strong representations of activism, resistance and rebellion in stories about brave individuals and communities that will not give up in the ongoing fight for change.  Highlights include: 

  • LINGUA FRANCA (Dir. Isabel Sandoval), a deftly woven tale of love and inequality for an undocumented Filipina transwoman living under the radar in New York.
  • BFI Flare Official Partners PGIM and Mishcon de Reya are supporting CHANGING THE GAME (Dir. Michael Barnett), a compelling account of the hard-won victories by Trans teenage athletes competing across America.
  • OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION (Dir. Phillip Pike), a documentary portrait of how skilful organising created a cohesive Black LGBTIQ+ movement in Toronto.
  • PRIDE & PROTEST (Dir. Blaise Singh), opening with the anti-LGBTIQ+ lessons protests in Birmingham, the modern face of  activism is the focus of this timely and necessary documentary.
  • STEELERS: THE WORLD’S FIRST GAY RUGBY CLUB (Dir. Eammon Ashton-Atkinson), an inspiring testament to the power of teamwork and friendship, this uplifting documentary will charm the (rugby) socks off you – whether you are a fan of the game or not!
  • WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS (Dir. Linda Goldstein Knowlton), activism is alive and well in this documentary portrait of a group of women who champion the importance of community, and this joyous film is full of hope and inspiration to see the next generation of fierce confident young women more than ready to take on the world. 

2020 marks an impressive year for LGBTIQ+ feature fiction films coming from the UK with SUMMERLAND Closing the Festival, and with JUSTINE, MONSOON and MAKE UP screening in the main programme alongside the UK co-produced MOFFIE. The world premieres of PRIDE & PROTEST and STEELERS: THE WORLD’S FIRST GAY RUGBY CLUB also represent strong documentary offerings from the UK.


 

Some of the Films...

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Miller & Son
  • Memoirs of a Geeza
  • Don't Look Down
  • Matthias & Maxime
  • Two of Us
  • Monsoon
  • And Then We Danced
  • Pain & Glory
  • Moffie
  • Booksmart

 


All of the 2020 films... 

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2 Dollars screening with Jack & Yaya

6:23 AM screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe

134 screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching


A

After That Party screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

Aliou’s Journey screening in the short films programme At the Brink of Dawn

And Then We Danced

Anne+

Ask Any Buddy

Atomic Love screening in the short films programme Past Imperfect


B

Baby Girl screening in the short films programme At the Brink of Dawn

Bathroom Privileges screening in the short films programme Go Through It

A Battle in Waterloo screening in the short films programme Past Imperfect

Because You’re Mine screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

Big Gay Film Quiz

Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes and Sadomasochism

Bodily Autonomy

Boldly Go screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Bonde screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

Booksmart

Broth of Vigour screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

Busy Inside


C

Came the Wave screening in the short films programme Unite to Fight

Changing the Game

Cicada

Clementine

Crypsis screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

Cuban Heel Shoes screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching


D

Dinner Date screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe

Dirty screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

A Dog Barking at the Moon

Don’t Look Down

Drag Ball

Drag Kids

Drag Queen Story Time

Dress Up Like Mrs Doubtfire screening with Drag Kids

Dungarees screening in the short films programme Go Through It


E

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

Ev screening with A Night at Switch n’ Play

Eyelash screening in the short films programme Go Through It


F

FAG screening in the short films programme School of Life

Family screening with Midnight Kiss

Father Figure screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

Flawless

For They Know Not What They Do

The Future screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions


G

Girl, Sweetvoiced screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe

GUO4 screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception


H

Hands and Wings screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

Heart to Heart screening in the short films programme Go Through It

How to Live Your Life Correctly screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe


I

I Know Her screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe

Intersex Stories: Activism, Resistance and Being

Involuntary Activist screening in the short films programme School of Life


J

Jack & Yaya

Jay screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Justine


K

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Kiko’s Saints screening in the short films programme School of Life

Knowingly Unknown screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe


L

The Last Romantics screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

The Lawyer

Leo & Alex in the Middle of the 21st Century screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe

Lesbian Cinema: From Subtext to Visibility

Les lèvres gercées screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

La Leyenda Negra

Lingua Franca

Lol: A Bona Queen of Fabularity screening with Drag Ball

Lone Wolf screening in the short films programme Wonders of the Universe


M

Mach Stem screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

Mack Wrestles screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

Make Up

Mandem screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Matthias & Maxime

May 35 screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

Memoirs of a Geeza screening in the short films programme Go Through It

Memories of a Teenager

Midnight Kiss

Miller & Son screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

Miss Man screening in the short films programme At the Brink of Dawn

Moffie

Monsoon

My Fiona

My Mama, a Man screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

My Sweet Prince screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

My World in Yours screening in the short films programme Past Imperfect


N

A Night at Switch n’ Play

Niomi Gets a Dog screening with Busy Inside

No Hard Feelings


O

Our Dance of Revolution


P

Pain and Glory

The Passing screening in the short films programme Go Through It

Pier Kids

Pompeii screening in the short films programme Go Through It

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Positions screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

Pride & Protest

The Prince

Pxssy Palace screening with Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story


Q

Queer Genius

Queering Di Teknolojik screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

Queering the Script


R

Rescue the Fire

Ritual Waves screening with Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes and Sadomasochism

Room for Two screening in the short films programme Past Imperfect


S

S.A.M screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Scat screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

The Scene screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

The Sea Runs Thru My Veins screening in the short films programme At the Brink of Dawn

See You Soon screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Sequin in a Blue Room

Shéár Avory: To Be Continued screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

Sheer Qorma screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

Showgirls Shade-Along

Sixth Happiness

Sleeping Longing screening in the short films programme Past Imperfect

Something in The Closet screening in the short films programme Go Through It

The Spark screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

Spiral

Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club

Stray Dogs Come Out at Night screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

Suk Suk

The Summer House screening in the short films programme Love, Sex and Other Emotions

Summerland

Sweet Mother screening in the short films programme Go Through It

Sweetheart Dancers screening in the short films programme Dance Like Everyone’s Watching


T

T11 Incomplete

They Looked at Me and I Smiled screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

To Be Heard screening in the short films programme Unite to Fight

Transkids

Tribute screening with Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes and Sadomasochism

Two of Us


W

Walk With My Spirits screening with Leyenda Negra

We Are Dancers screening in the short films programme Unite to Fight

We Are the Radical Monarchs

We’ve Always Been Here

What Next Partner screening in the short films programme I Am My Mother’s Child

When Pride Came to Town screening in the short films programme Unite to Fight

When the Androgynous Child screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception

Wherever You Want screening in the short films programme Keep on Living

Who Can Predict What Will Move You screening in the short films programme Catching Feels

Womxn screening in the short films programme Depth of Perception


Y

You Don’t Nomi

Young Hunter