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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

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Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

United Kingdom

View B.D. Women
B.D. Women
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B.D. Women 1994

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

20 mins United Kingdom

View Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus
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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

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Orlando
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Orlando 1992 PG

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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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

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Weekend
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Weekend 2011 18

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

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

BFI FLARE COLLECTIONS

View Baby
Baby
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Baby 2000 15

A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Wiz

View 3 Steps to Heaven
3 Steps to Heaven
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3 Steps to Heaven 1995 18

Edgy mixture of black comedy and urban drama about a woman uncovering the hidden truths about her dead lover.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

View Dream A40
Dream A40
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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

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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

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Relax
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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
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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

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Caravaggio
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Caravaggio 1986 18

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

View Tom at the Farm
Tom at the Farm
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Tom at the Farm 2013 15

Dark psychosexual thriller from prodigious Canadian director Xavier Dolan, following a young man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.

103 mins France

View Lilting
Lilting
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Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

United Kingdom

View The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras
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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras 2005 15

Award-winning Filipino coming-of-age tale about a flamboyant boy torn between his love for a young policeman and loyalty to his family.

100 mins Philippines Director. Auraeus Solito

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Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour 2013 18

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

179 mins France

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Interior. Leather Bar.
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Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 18

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from one of the most notorious gay features ever made.

60 mins USA Director. Travis Mathews, James Franco

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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

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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

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Wittgenstein
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Wittgenstein 1993 18

Written for Channel 4 by radical literary theorist Terry Eagleton and directed by Derek Jarman, Wittgenstein is a bold, offbeat biography, exploring the politics and sexuality of the great, troubled philosopher.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Caravaggio
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Caravaggio 1986 18

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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

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The Angelic Conversation
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The Angelic Conversation 1985 PG

The Angelic Conversation sees Derek Jarman conjure an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems. With narration by Judi Dench and music by Coil.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Derek
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Derek 2008 15

Punk Britain, gay Britain, Thatcher’s Britain, Derek Jarman tackled the lot. Isaac Julien’s film celebrates one of Britain’s great artists.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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Derek Jarman: Life As Art
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Derek Jarman: Life As Art 2004

Documentary on the life and work of experimental filmmaker, who died in 1994. Contributors including Tilda Swinton recall Jarman's peculiar genius.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Kimpton-nye

View The Clearing
The Clearing
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The Clearing 1993 12

An intriguing and poetic short film – a man (Derek Jarman) walking on Hampstead Heath is lured through the woods by the sound of a saxophone.

6 mins United Kingdom

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