The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Choose another collection

BFI Flare presents

The UK’s premier LGBT festival is now as accessible as it is inclusive – offering the latest films and coverage direct from the event itself.

Bold, diverse, exhilarating and unapologetic – the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival earned its reputation for adventurous programming over 28 years. Newly rebranded as BFI Flare, the festival now brings you a BFI Player collection including features and shorts from current and previous festivals, alongside coverage of the latest talks and events to bring you closer to the experience, wherever you are.

"Film is how we make sense of who we are. We don’t see these images anywhere else."

Jonathan Keane, former festival programmer

triangle triangle
BFI Flare presents

RECOMMENDED

View Love Is Strange
Love Is Strange
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 White Bird in a Blizzard
White Bird in a Blizzard
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Pride
Pride
Watch from £3.83
HD

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

View Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Dior and I
Dior and I
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Something Must Break
Something Must Break
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Broken Gardenias
Broken Gardenias
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto
Watch from £2.13

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 You and the Night
You and the Night
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 I Love You Phillip Morris
I Love You Phillip Morris
Watch from £2.98
HD

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

View King of Escape
King of Escape
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Way He Looks
The Way He Looks
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Test
Test
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Break My Fall
Break My Fall
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Vito
Vito
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Eastern Boys
Eastern Boys
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Lilting
Lilting
Watch from £2.98
HD

Lilting 2013 15

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

United Kingdom Director. Hong Khaou

View The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveras
Watch from £2.13

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

View Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Watch from £2.98
HD

Blue is the Warmest Colour 2013 18

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

179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche

View Interior. Leather Bar.
Interior. Leather Bar.
Watch from £2.13

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. James Franco, Travis Mathews

View We Were Here
We Were Here
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Margarita
Margarita
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Great love scenes in LGBT films
Great love scenes in LGBT films
Watch for free 18 mins

Great love scenes in LGBT films 2015

Jason Barker (BFI Flare), Alex Davidson (BFI) and Selina Robertson (Club Des Femmes & ICO) reflect upon their favourite love scenes from LGBT films.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

View Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 G.B.F.
G.B.F.
Watch from £2.98
HD

G.B.F. 2013 15

Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory - a Gay Best Friend.

92 mins USA Director. Darren Stein

View Tomboy
Tomboy
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 I Am Divine
I Am Divine
Watch from £3.83
HD

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 Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake
Watch from £3.83
HD

Stranger by the Lake 2013 18

A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.

100 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie

View The Passion of Michelangelo
The Passion of Michelangelo
Watch from £2.98
HD

The Passion of Michelangelo 2013 15

In Pinochet's Chile, a 14-year-old boy becomes a media sensation after claiming to have witnessed visions of the Virgin Mary.

99 mins Director. Esteban Larraín

View Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
Watch from £0.85

Yellow Fever 1998

A gay British-Chinese man refuses to date Chinese men. But then Jai Ming moves in next door.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Raymond Yeung

View Circumstance
Circumstance
Watch from £2.13

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

View Kiss Me
Kiss Me
Watch from £2.98
HD

Kiss Me 2011 15

Mia is engaged to marry a man, but finds herself falling for Frida, who happens to be her new stepmother's daughter.

107 mins Sweden

View Diana
Diana
Watch from £0.85 10 mins

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 Before Stonewall
Before Stonewall
Watch from £2.13

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 Beauty
Beauty
Watch from £2.98
HD

Beauty 2011 18

Oliver Hermanus' unblinking look at homophobia, hypocrisy and repressed desire in today's South Africa is tough, troubling and impressive

104 mins Director. Oliver Hermanus

View The Comedian
The Comedian
Watch from £2.98
HD

The Comedian 2012 15

Touching drama about a thirtysomething comedian looking for happiness.

78 mins United Kingdom

View Tom at the Farm
Tom at the Farm
Watch from £2.00
HD

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 Director. Xavier Dolan-Tadros

View Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open
Watch from £2.13

Eyes Wide Open 2009 12

A married butcher in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish quarter falls for a beautiful young man in this outstanding Israeli feature.

92 mins Israel Director. Haim Tabakman

View The Fish Child
The Fish Child
Watch from £2.13

The Fish Child 2009 15

A gripping South American tale of forbidden love, crime and long-buried secrets from the acclaimed director of XXY.

91 mins Director. Lucía Puenzo

View Hit So Hard
Hit So Hard
Watch from £2.13

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 Greek Pete
Greek Pete
Watch from £2.13

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 Les Invisibles
Les Invisibles
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 Keep the Lights on
Keep the Lights on
Watch from £2.98
HD

Keep the Lights on 2012 18

A filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer in this deeply personal work from Ira Sachs.

102 mins USA

View Totally F***Ed Up
Totally F***Ed Up
Watch from £2.13

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 Weekend
Weekend
Watch from £2.98
HD

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 We Once Were Tide
We Once Were Tide
Watch from £0.85 18 mins

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 Speechless
Speechless
Watch from £2.98
HD

Speechless 2012 15

A mysterious, exotic and riveting drama about a nameless man discovered naked on a riverbank, who forms a bond with the hospital assistant who can communicate with him.

92 mins Director. Simon Chung

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later