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Here are the pioneers, the iconoclasts, the brave - from landmark LGBT portraits to the next generation of gay classics from the BFI Flare festival.

This collection offers a chance to look back, to revisit and discover - not just the icons of gay cinema but the lesser-known treasures.

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View B.D. Women
B.D. Women

B.D. Women 1994

Sassy, stylised documentary exploring the hidden histories of black lesbians.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Inge Blackman

View Before Stonewall
Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall 1984 15

Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Greta Schiller

View Break My Fall
Break My Fall
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Break My Fall 2010 15

Four young friends find themselves at a critical juncture in their lives, in this perceptive drama about the lives of young Londoners.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Kanchi Wichmann

View Caught Looking
Caught Looking

Caught Looking 1991 18

Years before Grindr, a gay man turns to virtual reality to satisfy his sexual fantasies in this strangely prophetic short film.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

View Circumstance
Circumstance

Circumstance 2011 15

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

105 mins USA Director. Maryam Keshavarz

View Children
Children

Children 1976 15

The first part of Terence Davies' formidable Trilogy explores the effects of violence on a Liverpool schoolboy, told in a series of flashbacks.

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

View Death and Transfiguration
Death and Transfiguration

Death and Transfiguration 1983 15

The Terence Davies Trilogy reaches its astonishing climax as tortured Liverpool clerk Robert Tucker prepares to meet his maker.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

View Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman
Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman

Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman 2010 PG

Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England.

12 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

View Diana
Diana

Diana 2008 15

A young Indian transgender woman takes a life-changing step in this moving short, set in London the day after Princess Diana’s death.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Aleem Khan

View Dream A40
Dream A40

Dream A40 1965 12

A young gay couple’s relationship is put to the test as a road trip takes a sinister turn in Lloyd Reckord's daring underground short.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Lloyd Reckord

View Duffer
Duffer
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Duffer 1971 15

A bizarre study of obsession focusing on a teenage boy who is torn between the charms of a fleshly female prostitute and the sadism of an older man.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins, William Dumaresq

View Fox and His Friends
Fox and His Friends

Fox and His Friends 1975 15

Fassbinder's brilliantly caustic and cynical drama follows an ex-fairground worker who wins the lottery but is still mocked and exploited by his boyfriend’s family and friends.

123 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

View A Friend of Dorothy
A Friend of Dorothy

A Friend of Dorothy 1995 18

A gay man studying in New York develops a crush on his male roommate in this cute and breezy short.

32 mins USA

View The Fruit Machine
The Fruit Machine

The Fruit Machine 1988 15

Berated by his father for his camp behaviour, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins his friend Michael, a streetwise hustler who is also on the run.

102 mins United Kingdom

View Hit So Hard
Hit So Hard

Hit So Hard 2011

Patty Schemel, one-time drummer of grunge band Hole, recounts her turbulent years on tour with the band, piecing together a compelling tale of rock and roll excess, and the personal story of one woman’s survival.

103 mins USA Director. P. David Ebersole

View I Am Divine
I Am Divine
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I Am Divine 2013 15

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

USA Director. Jeffrey Schwarz

View Interior. Leather Bar.
Interior. Leather Bar.

Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 18

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from the William Friedkin classic Cruising.

60 mins USA Director. James Franco, Travis Mathews

View King of Escape
King of Escape
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King of Escape 2009 18

A film about tractors, aphrodisiacs and forbidden love from Alain Guiraudie, the Cannes award-winning director of Stranger by the Lake.

93 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie

View The Lay of the Land
The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land 1998 15

A man with a history of gay-bashing enters a smoky bar and strikes up a conversation with a drag queen in this dark short.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Fraser Macdonald

View Les Invisibles
Les Invisibles
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Les Invisibles 2012 15

French gay men and women in their 60s and 70s talk about their lives in Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary.

112 mins France Director. Sébastien Lifshitz

View Love and Death on Long Island
Love and Death on Long Island

Love and Death on Long Island 1996 15

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietnioski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

View Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child 1980

Autobiography as art: the centrepiece of Terence Davies' devastating Liverpool-set Trilogy focuses on his fictional alter-ego in middle age.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

View Nighthawks
Nighthawks
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Nighthawks 1978 15

A schoolteacher juggles everyday life with nights spent cruising for Mr Right in this fascinating landmark in British gay cinema.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked
Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked

Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked 1991 18

Ron Peck’s experimental follow up to the groundbreaking Nighthawks is both a making-of documentary and a deeply personal film memoir.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View North of Vortex
North of Vortex

North of Vortex 1992 18

A gay poet, a bisexual sailor and a straight waitress embark on a trip through an American desert landscape in this languid, woozy road movie.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

View Ostia
Ostia

Ostia 1987 18

Ostia is a fascinating short film directed by Julian Cole and starring Derek Jarman, which reconstructs the events leading up to the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

United Kingdom Director. Julian Cole

View Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus

Pink Narcissus 1971 18

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

64 mins USA Director. James Bidgood

View Prick Up Your Ears
Prick Up Your Ears
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Prick Up Your Ears 1987 15

A celebration of outrageous British playwright Joe Orton’s irreverent and charismatic talent, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears

View Relax
Relax

Relax 1991 15

A gay man awaits the results of an HIV test, drifting into moments of fantasy as he copes with his fears and memories.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Newby

View Rosebud
Rosebud

Rosebud 1991 15

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Cheryl Farthing

View Tomboy
Tomboy
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Tomboy 2011 15

A ten-year-old girl, settling into her new neighbourhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.

82 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

View Totally F***Ed Up
Totally F***Ed Up

Totally F***Ed Up 1993 18

Gregg Araki's typically excessive and eccentric portrait of the lives of a group of six gay and lesbian teenagers in Los Angeles.

75 mins USA Director. Gregg Araki

View Vapors
Vapors

Vapors 1965 15

Set in a New York bathhouse, this gritty but sensitive portrayal of pre-Stonewall gay life, chronicles an awkward encounter between two equally inexperienced strangers.

USA Director. Andy Milligan

View Victim
Victim
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Victim 1961 PG

This thought-provoking classic stars Dirk Bogarde as a homosexual lawyer who risks his career to hunt down a blackmailer.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden

View Vito
Vito
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Vito 2011

A profile of LGBT activist, academic and author Vito Russo, the man who changed the face of queer film theory and brought us all out of the ‘Celluloid Closet’.

93 mins USA Director. Jeffrey Schwarz

View We Once Were Tide
We Once Were Tide

We Once Were Tide 2011

Anthony and Kyle spend their last night together in this quietly moving short set on a windswept Isle of Wight.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Jason Bradbury

View We Were Here
We Were Here
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We Were Here 2011

We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in 1980s San Francisco.

89 mins USA Director. David Weissman

View What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
What Can I Do with a Male Nude?

What Can I Do with a Male Nude? 1985 15

Ron Peck tests the thin line between pornography and art with his amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked male form.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View Young Soul Rebels
Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels 1991 18

The Queen's Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O'Jays in Isaac Julien’s feature debut.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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