BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival Presents
The home of LGBTQ+ film on BFI Player, with features, shorts and exclusives.
Here you'll find landmark portraits of LGBTQ+ 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.
Biopic2018111 minsDirector: Ian Bonhôte
In scintillating fashion, this compelling documentary explores the dark dreams that drove the brilliant, lamented designer, Alexander McQueen.
Anchor and Hope
Comedy2018113 minsDirector: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.
A Moment in the Reeds
Romance2017107 minsDirector: Mikko Makela
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.
Malila: The Farewell Flower
201795 minsDirector: Anucha Boonyawatana
A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers becomes a meditation on love, life and loss in this hauntingly beautiful film.
The Happy Prince
Biopic2018105 minsDirector: Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett astounds as Oscar Wilde, depicting the fallen star in the final years of his life, in this heartfelt and captivating passion project.
The Book of Gabrielle
Drama201679 minsDirector: Lisa Gornick
Lisa Gornick's funny and frank drama sketches the relationship between a sex-obsessed lesbian illustrator and a randy hetero author, who bond over their favourite subject.
Théo and Hugo
Romance201697 minsDirector: Olivier Ducastel
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.
Boys on Film 18: Heroes
Anthology2018132 minsDirector: Dean Loxton
Ten uplifting and powerful tales of everyday heroes, each striving for their own identities whether gay, bi or transgender, and fighting for the right to be themselves.
Drama201798 minsDirector: Eliza Hittman
Gripping account of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment, with British newcomer Harris Dickinson as a virulently macho Brooklyn teen.
Centre of My World
Drama2016115 minsDirector: Jakob M. Erwa
A young man falls for the new boy at school in this energetic and inventive adaptation of Andreas Steinhoefel’s acclaimed YA novel.
Period drama2016146 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.
Tom of Finland
Biopic2017116 minsDirector: Dome Karukoski
The story of a gay icon is brought to life in Dome Karukoski’s handsome biopic of Touko Laaksonen, the artist whose homoerotic drawings gave visual expression to a growing gay culture.
A Date For Mad Mary
201683 minsDirector: Darren Thornton
Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.
Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins
Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.
Drama201586 minsDirector: Ben A. Williams
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.
Thriller201787 minsDirector: Joe Ahearne
In this deliciously entertaining thriller, a gay couple return to a B&B to bait its Christian owner, only to run into trouble when an altogether more imposing guest arrives.
Seat in Shadow
Drama201681 minsDirector: Henry Coombes
An ageing Glaswegian psychoanalyst finds his lust for life renewed following an encounter with the charismatic partner of a young patient.
I Promise You Anarchy
201586 minsDirector: Julio Hernández Cordón
A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive thriller.
Girls on Film 2: Before Dawn
Anthology2017111 minsDirector: Lorelei Pepi
An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Drama201590 minsDirector: Stephen Dunn
An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.
Drama2015108 minsDirector: Andrew Steggall
Andrew Steggall’s deft and delicate drama about a teenage dreamer who falls for the rough beauty of local boy while staying in France.
Comedy2014120 minsDirector: Matthew Warchus
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.
Drama201767 minsDirector: Kanchi Wichmann
Kanchi Wichmann's feature adaptation of her hit web series follows Ren (Alana Lake) as she hunts for romance in world of Tinder and zero commitment.
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Documentary201686 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann
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.
Drama2016118 minsDirector: João Pedro Rodrigues
A lone scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarks on an unexpected transcendental journey. Beautiful, erotic and baffling.
Holding the Man
Biopic2015128 minsDirector: Neil Armfield
A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.
Remembering the Man
Documentary201583 minsDirector: Nickolas Bird
Telling the true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose AIDS-afflicted relationship became the basis of bestselling gay memoir, Holding the Man.
The Chambermaid Lynn
201490 minsDirector: Ingo Haeb
An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.
Of Girls and Horses
Drama201483 minsDirector: Monika Treut
A troubled teen finds love during a summer spent at a horse ranch, in this captivating lesbian drama from cult director Monika Treut.
The Girl King
Historical drama2015106 minsDirector: Mika Kaurismäki
Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.
Drama201588 minsDirector: Sean Baker
A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.
Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn
Documentary201496 minsDirector: Ethan Reid
The journey of a true English eccentric, from his 1960s experiments with gay erotica to a reappraisal 40 years later as an LGBT pioneer.
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Documentary2016109 minsDirector: Fenton Bailey
An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
I Am Michael
Drama102 minsDirector: Justin Kelly
James Franco stars in this provocative film about Michael Glatze, a pioneering gay rights activist who later denounced his homosexuality.
Like You Mean It
Drama201690 minsDirector: Philipp Karner
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.
Drama2016103 minsDirector: Peter Sollett
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).
The Way He Looks
Drama201492 minsDirector: Daniel Ribeiro
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.
Drama201469 minsDirector: Marçal Forés
A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.
Comedy201586 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan
Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.
Love Is Strange
Drama201495 minsDirector: Ira Sachs
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.
Boys on Film 17: Love Is the Drug
Romance2017142 minsDirector: Nicholas Colia
An intoxicating and entrancing selection of gay short films from around the globe.
Drama201593 minsDirector: Joseph Graham
In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.
Dior and I
Documentary201490 minsDirector: Frederic Tcheng
An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.
Drama2013110 minsDirector: Sophie Hyde
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.
The Duke of Burgundy
Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland
Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.
Dressed as a Girl
Documentary2015101 minsDirector: Colin Rothbart
An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at London’s finest drag performers. Warning: extreme use of make-up and glitter.
Stories of Our Lives
Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu
Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.
The New Girlfriend
Melodrama2014108 minsDirector: François Ozon
Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.
Drama201389 minsDirector: Tomasz Wasilewski
Hailed as ‘Poland’s first LGBT film’, Tomasz Wasilewski’s striking drama follows a champion swimmer whose gay relationship causes ripples.
Boys on Film 16: Possession
Anthology2017125 minsDirector: Kai Stänicke
Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.
Comedy201791 minsDirector: Trudie Styler
Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel in this tale of an unrepentant high-school outsider, directed by Trudie Styler.
Reaching for the Moon
Biopic2013114 minsDirector: Bruno Barreto
Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.
Thriller201091 minsDirector: Mark Harriott
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.
I Am Not He... She
Drama2015108 minsDirector: B.S. Lingadevaru
Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.
Comedy200995 minsDirector: Gary Reich
Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
Romance201588 minsDirector: Brian O'Donnell
Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.
A Fantastic Woman
Drama2017104 minsDirector: Sebastián Lelio
This invigorating and inspiring Chilean drama from Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) follows a trans woman’s quest for a little respect. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2018.
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Drama2017143 minsDirector: Robin Campillo
Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of 1990s AIDS activism is a rousing, sensual and heart-breaking celebration of personal and political resistance.
BFI Flare presents
The UK’s premier LGBTQ+ festival is now as accessible as it is inclusive – offering the latest films and coverage direct from the event itself.
This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.
Complementing BFI Southbank’s major retrospective, BFI Player’s Derek Jarman collection aims to bring a diverse selection of the innovative and irreplaceable director's works to a wider audience.
LGBT Best of 2017
Stories with hunger, lust and courage, adventures from the community to rouse and inspire…
LGBT Best of 2016
Another amazing year for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans cinema. Here are the most popular of 2016.
LGBT Best of 2015
Another amazing year for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans cinema. Here are the most popular of 2015