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Tricia Tuttle - LGBT Playlist

I'm BFI's Deputy Head of Festivals but this selection is very personal; queer work that gets me excited about the art of cinema, which can simultaneously dazzle, transport and allow you to experience other people’s lives.

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Tricia Tuttle - LGBT Playlist

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

Stirring, moving stories of global LGBT experience, such as Maryam Keshavarz’ debut feature Circumstance about the sexual and creative awakening of a young girl in modern Iran, and Lucia Puenzo’s brilliant XXY about a family’s experience of a teenager’s intersexuality in Argentina.

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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 Director. Maryam Keshavarz

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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

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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 Director. Céline Sciamma

ARTFAGS

Filmmakers' celebration of queer artists, from John Maybury’s sublime Francis Bacon biopic, Love is the Devil to Hit So Hard, a doc on lesbian drummer, Patty Schemel from 90s post-punk band, Hole.

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Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon 1998 18

Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig star as artist Francis Bacon and his muse George Dyer in John Maybury’s darkly exquisite biopic.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. John Maybury

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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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Hit So Hard

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

EVER FALLEN IN LOVE

Finally, what list would be complete without a little love and sex, exquisitely photographed, devastatingly observed? I’ve highlighted a few recent favourites in 'Ever Fallen in Love', ranging from 2013’s knockout, Stranger by the Lake about gay cinema’s oldest obsessions (sex, desire and death), to an acute examination of a young woman’s bittersweet and messy experience of first love, 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 Director. Abdel Kechiche

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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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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

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