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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

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BFI Flare presents

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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

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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.

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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 2013 18

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

179 mins France

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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 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 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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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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Clare Stewart discusses the 2014 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival programme, including opening and closing night films Lilting and 52 Tuesdays.

4 mins United Kingdom

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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

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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

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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

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XXY 2007 15

A sensitive exploration of the sexual awakening and confusion of one intersex teenager.

87 mins Director. Lucía Puenzo

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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

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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

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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

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Musings on love and passion in the cinema 2013

A selection of directors at LLGFF 2012 offer their thoughts on the depiction of love and passion on the big screen.

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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

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Beauty Q&A 2013

Director Oliver Hermanus discusses his film Beauty at LLGFF

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Director Abdellatif Kechiche and actors Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jérémie Laheurte on the passionate lesbian romance that won the 2013 Palme d'Or.

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Circumstance (Q&A) 2012

Director Maryam Keshavarz talks about the origins of her lesbian-themed film.

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The Comedian 2012 15

Touching drama about a thirtysomething comedian looking for happiness.

78 mins United Kingdom

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The Comedian Q&A 2013

Director Tom Shkolnik and actors Edward Hogg and Elisa Lasowski discuss The Comedian.

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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

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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

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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

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G.B.F. Cast and Crew (Q&A) 2014

Director Darren Stein, producer Stephen Israel and actor Michael J. Willet talk about G.B.F.

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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

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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

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Hit So Hard (Q&A)
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Hit So Hard (Q&A) 2012

Patty Schemel, drummer of the rock band Hole, discusses Hit So Hard, a documentary about her life.

8 mins United Kingdom

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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

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Lilting (Q&A) 2014

Director Hong Khaou and actors Ben Whishaw, Peter Bowles, Morven Christie, Naomi Christie and Andrew Leung discuss their film Lilting.

13 mins United Kingdom

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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

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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

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Love, loss, peril and pleasure – filmmaker and cast explain the challenges of risk-taking, on and in their drama.

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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

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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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We Once Were Tide
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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

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