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BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival Presents

The new home of LGBT film on BFI Player, with features, shorts and exclusive content from BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, plus a special collection of queer classics and rare treasures from the BFI National Archive.

Here you'll find landmark portraits of LGBT life alongside the next generation of gay classics straight out of the festival programme.

"The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives."

Armistead Maupin

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BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival Presents


View Stories of Our Lives
Stories of Our Lives

Stories of Our Lives 2014

Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.

Kenya Director. Jim Chuchu

View Everlasting Love
Everlasting Love

Everlasting Love 2014 18

A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.

69 mins Spain Director. Marçal Forés

View Fulboy

Fulboy 2015 15

This deeply intimate portrait of an Argentine football club is a forensic, fetishistic expose of soccer’s clandestine dressing-room culture.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Farina

View The New Girlfriend
The New Girlfriend

The New Girlfriend 2014 15

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

108 mins France Director. François Ozon

View 52 Tuesdays
52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays 2013 15

A mother undergoing a gender transition meets his estranged daughter every Tuesday, changing gradually each time they meet. An intelligent indie hit about modern identity.

114 mins Australia Director. Sophie Hyde

View Futuro Beach
Futuro Beach

Futuro Beach 2014 15

A tragic event brings together a Brazilian lifeguard and a German tourist in Karim Aïnouz’s hypnotic melodrama.

105 mins Germany

View Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour

Appropriate Behaviour 2015 15

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Desiree Akhavan

View Love Is Strange
Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange 2014 15

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

94 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs

View Of Girls and Horses
Of Girls and Horses

Of Girls and Horses 2014 15

A troubled teen finds love during a summer spent at a horse ranch, in this captivating lesbian drama from cult director Monika Treut.

82 mins Germany Director. Monika Treut

View Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 15

A sensuous and sexy snapshot from the life of James Dean, capturing moments from the years before his career took off.

93 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

View Broken Gardenias
Broken Gardenias

Broken Gardenias 2014 15

A quirky, dark comedy about a socially awkward, semi-savant, Jenni, who teams up with super-confident street hustler, Sam, to search for her long-lost father.

90 mins USA Director. Kai Alexander

View Uncle David
Uncle David

Uncle David 2009 18

Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls, David Hoyle

View Something Must Break
Something Must Break

Something Must Break 2014 18

A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.

85 mins Sweden Director. Ester Martin Bergsmark

View Dior and I
Dior and I

Dior and I 2014

An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.

90 mins France Director. Frederic Tcheng

View White Bird in a Blizzard
White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 15

Shailene Woodley and Eva Green star in Gregg Araki’s lyrical and impressionistic adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel.

90 mins USA Director. Gregg Araki

View The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

View You and the Night
You and the Night

You and the Night 2013 18

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

98 mins France Director. Yann Gonzalez

View King of Escape
King of Escape

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 Test

Test 2013 15

A wonderfully evocative period drama exploring the telling details of gay life in San Francisco in 1985 with a fantastically upbeat 80s soundtrack.

89 mins USA Director. Chris Mason Johnson

View Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? 2013 15

In order to impress a girl, a struggling filmmaker agrees to write an all-female retelling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

83 mins France Director. Anna Margarita Albelo

View Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 15

Cillian Murphy is extraordinary as a transgender foundling searching for her lost mother, in Neil Jordan’s runaway romp.

128 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

View Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra 2013 15

Michael Douglas dazzles as the flamboyant virtuoso pianist Liberace in this fascinating biopic by Steven Soderbergh.

118 mins USA Director. Steven Soderbergh

View Vito

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 Break My Fall
Break My Fall

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 Margarita

Margarita 2012 15

When a cash-strapped yuppie couple fire their teenage daughter’s nanny they set of a chain of unexpected events.

90 mins Canada Director. Laurie Colbert, Dominique Cardona

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

View Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon 2013 12

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

118 mins Director. Bruno Barreto

View The Way He Looks
The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks 2014 12A

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

96 mins Director. Daniel Ribeiro

View Weekend

Weekend 2011 18

Andrew Haigh's internationally acclaimed tale of a brief encounter between two gay men.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

View I Am Divine
I Am Divine

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 Eastern Boys
Eastern Boys

Eastern Boys 2012 15

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

128 mins France Director. Robin Campillo

View Greek Pete
Greek Pete

Greek Pete 2009 18

Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend) made his feature debut with this bold, sexually explicit drama-documentary about London rent boys.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

View I Love You Phillip Morris
I Love You Phillip Morris

I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 15

Jim Carrey’s irrepressible performance drives the incredible true story of a con man who repeatedly escapes from prison to be with his lover.

98 mins France Director. Glenn Ficarra


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