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BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival Presents

The home of LGBT film on BFI Player, with features, shorts and exclusives.

Here you'll find landmark portraits of LGBT life alongside the next generation of gay classics straight out of the festival programme, plus a special collection of queer classics and rare treasures from the BFI National Archive.

"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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The Pass 2015 15

Russell Tovey stars as a Premier League footballer who shares a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) with a teammate (Arinzé Kene), changing everything - both on and off the pitch.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben A. Williams

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La Noche
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La Noche 2016 18

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

135 mins Great Britain Director. Edgardo Castro

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Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
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Who's Gonna Love Me Now? 2016 15

A heartfelt exploration of one man’s struggle to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann

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I Am Michael
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I Am Michael 2016 15

James Franco stars in this provocative film about Michael Glatze, a pioneering gay rights activist who later denounced his homosexuality.

98 mins USA Director. Justin Kelly

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I Promise You Anarchy
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I Promise You Anarchy 2015 18

A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive and erotic thriller.

88 mins Mexico Director. Julio Hernández Cordón

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The Chambermaid Lynn
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The Chambermaid Lynn 2014 18

An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.

105 mins Germany Director. Ingo Haeb

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Floating Skyscrapers
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Floating Skyscrapers 2013 18

Hailed as ‘Poland’s first LGBT film’, Tomasz Wasilewski’s striking drama follows a champion swimmer whose gay relationship causes ripples.

93 mins Poland Director. Tomasz Wasilewski

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Beautiful Something
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Beautiful Something 2015 15

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

92 mins USA Director. Joseph Graham

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Closet Monster
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Closet Monster 2015 15

An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.

90 mins Canada Director. Stephen Dunn

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Blush
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Blush 2015 18

An assured and authentic lesbian coming-of-age drama, boasting a mesmerising and heartfelt lead performance.

85 mins Israel Director. Michal Vinik

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Amen Island
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Amen Island 2010 18

When an adventurous trio set off for the secluded island of Amen, they're blissfully aware of the horrors that lie in wait, in this indie bisexual riff on The Wicker Man.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Matthews, Mark Harriott

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Departure
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Departure 2015 15

Andrew Steggall’s deft and delicate drama about a teenage dreamer who falls for the rough beauty of local boy while staying in France.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Steggall

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Théo and Hugo
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Théo and Hugo 2016 18

A brief encounter at a naked sex club in Paris seems to be going well for Theo and Hugo, but a sudden realisation changes everything.

97 mins France Director. Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel

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Holding the Man
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Holding the Man 2015 15

A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.

127 mins Australia Director. Neil Armfield

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Remembering the Man
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Remembering the Man 2015 15

Telling the true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose AIDS-afflicted relationship became the basis of bestselling gay memoir, Holding the Man.

83 mins Australia Director. Eleanor Sharpe, Nickolas Bird

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The Girl King
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The Girl King 2015 15

Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.

106 mins Finland Director. Mika Kaurismäki

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Pride
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Pride 2014 15

The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Warchus

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Chemsex
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Chemsex 2015 18

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Max Gogarty, William Fairman

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Tangerine
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Tangerine 2015 15

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

88 mins USA Director. Sean Baker

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Carol
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Carol 2014 15

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes

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Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn
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Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn 2014 18

The journey of a true English eccentric, from his 1960s experiments with gay erotica to a reappraisal 40 years later as an LGBT pioneer.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Ethan Reid

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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures 2016 18

An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

108 mins USA Director. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey

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Nasty Baby
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Nasty Baby 2015 15

Kristen Wiig plays a woman trying to start family with a gay couple, in this biting black comedy set among a diverse Brooklyn community.

101 mins USA Director. Sebastián Silva

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Like You Mean It
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Like You Mean It 2016 15

Writer-director Philipp Garner also stars in this refreshing gay drama, a portrait of a couple trying to make it work in the film world of Los Angeles.

90 mins USA Director. Philipp Karner

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Freeheld
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Freeheld 2016 12

Julianne Moore plays the cancer-stricken police officer who must fight on a second front to secure the transfer of her pension to her partner (Ellen Page).

103 mins USA Director. Peter Sollett

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The Way He Looks
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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

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Everlasting Love
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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

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Appropriate Behaviour
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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

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Love Is Strange
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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

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Of Girls and Horses
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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

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The New Girlfriend
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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

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Dior and I
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Dior and I 2014 12

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

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52 Tuesdays
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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

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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

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Dressed as a Girl
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Dressed as a Girl 2015 18

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at London’s finest drag performers. Warning: extreme use of make-up and glitter.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Rothbart

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Stories of Our Lives
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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

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Margarita
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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

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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

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Reaching for the Moon
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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

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