BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival Presents
The home of LGBTQIA+ rentals on BFI Player, showcasing favourites from the BFI Flare festival and the best in contemporary LGBTQIA+ cinema.
Here you'll find landmark portraits of LGBTQIA+ 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.
Drama202298 minsDirector: Olivier Peyon
Olivier Peyon’s captivating drama finds an author experiencing powerful emotions as he looks back to his first, youthful love affair.
Drama202299 minsDirector: Welby Ings
New Zealand filmmaker Welby Ings’ powerful film is a beautifully shot and moving story about finding queer love and identity in the face of overwhelming odds.
Drama202287 minsDirector: David Wagner
Drill sergeant Eismayer has a reputation as the toughest training officer in the Austrian military, but when he starts to fall in love with a new recruit, his closeted existence is shaken to the core.
Drama202296 minsDirector: Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky
When Jaime is sent to live in a Jehovah’s Witness community, she falls hard for a devout Witness girl and the two embark on an intense affair with consequences that will reshape the rest of their lives.
Romance2022120 minsDirector: Jason Karman
An Asian Canadian teenager grapples with his identity when he falls for the boy next door in this sweet rites-of-passage drama.
Drama2022123 minsDirector: Maryam Touzani
A married tailor falls for his younger apprentice in Maryam Touzani’s richly textured and sweepingly beautiful exploration of love, desire and tradition.
Drama2021121 minsDirector: Aly Muritiba
While sparks fly with the possibilities of virtual romance, are Daniel and Sara really prepared for a relationship in the real world?
Animation & Artists Moving Image202183 minsDirector: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance Film Festival, Flee is a testament to friendship, family and acceptance.
Comedy199691 minsDirector: Hettie Macdonald
Hettie MacDonald’s 1996 comedy tells the story of two classmates and neighbours (Glen Berry, Scott Neal) who fall in love over one summer in South East London.
Documentary202198 minsDirector: Jen Rainin
Uplifting documentary tracing the power of lesbian visibility from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco Stevens' best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve.
Biopic2021118 minsDirector: Francis Lee
Francis Lee follows up God’s Own Country with a film that is every bit as immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful, aided by the devastatingly good Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
Drama1987140 minsDirector: James Ivory
Merchant Ivory’s landmark adaptation of E M Forster’s classic LGBTQ+ novel and a precursor to the James Ivory-scripted Call Me By Your Name, starring Hugh Grant, James Wilby and Rupert Graves.
Drama202170 minsDirector: Daniel Sánchez López
Two young men fall for each other over the course of a single day in this disarmingly tender debut from director Daniel Sánchez López.
Drama2020100 minsDirector: Jessica Swale
Gemma Arterton stars in acclaimed theatre director Jessica Swale’s moving Second World War drama, as a woman rediscovering her ability to love.
Drama201991 minsDirector: Laurent Micheli
Tender exploration of family relationships and identity as Lola, a young transgender girl, embarks on a journey with her estranged father to scatter her mother’s ashes.
Drama201899 minsDirector: Camille Vidal-Naquet
The daily misfortunes of a lonesome rent boy are laid bare in this tough but tender portrait of life on the fringes of society.
Documentary198484 minsDirector: Greta Schiller
Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.
Drama2020104 minsDirector: Suzanne Guacci
Past mistakes haunt the present and threaten a new love affair between an older woman and her patient in this compelling melodrama.
Romance2018103 minsDirector: Arantxa Echevarria
Two teenage girls from a close-knit Roma community fall in love in this fresh and affecting coming-of-age romance from Spanish director Arantxa Echevarría.
Anthology2017125 minsDirector: Kai Stänicke, Christopher Manning and 7 more
Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.
Drama2021123 minsDirector: Pedro Almodóvar
Almodóvar at his very best, presenting a riveting drama about two mothers from very different backgrounds whose lives become intertwined.
Drama201986 minsDirector: Claire Oakley
The debut feature from acclaimed short filmmaker Claire Oakley is a riveting psycho-sexual drama in which nothing is quite what it seems.
Romance201892 minsDirector: Vicente Alves Do Ó
The simmering sexual tensions of a group of old friends come to the boil in this sizzling psychological drama, which playfully evokes the spirit of François Ozon.
Drama2017108 minsDirector: Tali Shalom Ezer
Starring Elliot Page and Kate Mara, this sophomore feature from Tali Shalom-Ezer is a beautiful and poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views.
Documentary201994 minsDirector: Tim Travers Hawkins
Telling the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning; the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.
Drama201886 minsDirector: Yen Tan
Stunningly shot drama following a closeted advertising executive who tries to reconnect with his family during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.
Comedy201891 minsDirector: Trudie Styler
Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel in this tale of an unrepentant high-school outsider, directed by Trudie Styler.
Drama201997 minsDirector: Lucas Santa Ana
An Argentine teenager finds life and love difficult following the death of his gay best friend, in this powerful recreation of adolescence.
Drama2018106 minsDirector: Lukas Dhont
Lukas Dhont's breathtaking debut feature encompasses the heartache, courage, and punishing training of a ballerina transitioning in her teenage years.
Drama201995 minsDirector: José Celestino Campusano
A history of abuse is uncovered in this provocative and challenging coming-of-age drama from Argentina.
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.
Thriller201091 minsDirector: Mark Harriott and Mike Matthews
When an adventurous trio set off for the secluded island of Amen, they're blissfully unaware of the horrors that lie in wait, in this indie bisexual riff on The Wicker Man.
Biopic2018111 minsDirector: Ian Bonhôte
In scintillating fashion, this compelling documentary explores the dark dreams that drove the brilliant, lamented designer, Alexander McQueen.
Romance2018124 minsDirector: Olga Chajdas
When a couple experiencing conception problems find a potential surrogate mother they're overjoyed, until Nina falls in love with her...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drama201686 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.
Anthology2017111 minsDirector: Lorelei Pepi, Anne Claire Jaulin and 8 more
An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Documentary201960 minsDirector: Posy Dixon
After his 1986 album Keyboard Fantasies is rediscovered, a black trans musician recounts his life, from the lonely 1960s to the joy of witnessing the present.
Anthology2018132 minsDirector: Dean Loxton, Niels Bourgonje and 8 more
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.
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.
Drama202087 minsDirector: Maxwell Currie
This hit New Zealand drama is a moving and entertaining account of a trans man’s attempts to reconnect with his Māori roots and to rebuild the relationships he had left behind.
Romance2017142 minsDirector: Nicholas Colia, David Ullgren and 8 more
An intoxicating and entrancing selection of gay short films from around the globe.
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.
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.
Biopic2015128 minsDirector: Neil Armfield
A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.
201586 minsDirector: Julio Hernández Cordón
A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive thriller.
Drama2016108 minsDirector: Andrew Steggall
Andrew Steggall’s deft and delicate drama about a teenage dreamer who falls for the rough beauty of a local boy while staying in France.
Drama2016118 minsDirector: João Pedro Rodrigues
A lone scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarks on an unexpected transcendental journey. Beautiful, erotic and baffling.
Drama201590 minsDirector: Stephen Dunn
An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.
Documentary201583 minsDirector: Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe
Telling the true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose AIDS-afflicted relationship became the basis of bestselling gay memoir, Holding the Man.
Documentary201786 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann and Barak 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Documentary2016109 minsDirector: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Drama202095 minsDirector: Leonie Krippendorff
As Berlin shimmers in the summer heat, Nora finds herself experiencing a world that's changing faster than she can keep up with, in this powerful coming-of-age story.
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.
Comedy201881 minsDirector: Annemarie van de Mond
Effortlessly charming romantic comedy about two young men from mixed backgrounds who fall in love... and their clashes with their overbearing mothers.
Drama2017105 minsDirector: Ofir Raul Graizer
A German baker moves to Israel to learn more about the life of his mysterious dead lover, encroaching into the life of his widowed wife.
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.
201490 minsDirector: Ingo Haeb
An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner (Vicky Krieps) who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.
Drama2016108 minsDirector: Marco Berger and Martin Farina
A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.
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.
Drama102 minsDirector: Justin Kelly
James Franco stars in this provocative film about Michael Glatze, a pioneering gay rights activist who later denounced his homosexuality.
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.
Drama2017108 minsDirector: Annabel Jankel
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star as two very different women who fall in love in this 1950s-set romantic drama.
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.
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.
Drama2018124 minsDirector: Christiaan Olwagen
A Boy George-obsessed smalltown boy joins the South African Defence Force army choir, in this quirky Apartheid-era musical drama.
Drama201893 minsDirector: Jeremiah Zagar
Sensitive and increasingly different from his hyper-masculine brothers, a young boy faces the truth of his own desires.
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.
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.
Documentary2018106 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann
The private life of a renowned gay porn legend is laid bare in this intimate and insightful documentary.
Drama201593 minsDirector: Joseph Graham
In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.
Drama2015108 minsDirector: B.S. Lingadevaru
Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story of a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.
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.
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.
Comedy200995 minsDirector: Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls and 1 more
Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
Drama2020105 minsDirector: David Färdmar
Adrian (Björn Elgerd) and Hampus (Jonathan Andersson) seem to be in the midst of a fairy tale romance, they seem destined to be together, but do all fairy tales have a happy end?
Drama2020119 minsDirector: Eric Steel
David gets a taste of freedom whilst living in 1980’s New York City when he develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s neighbours, two elderly closeted men.
Romance202097 minsDirector: Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare
As a young man embarks on a new relationship, he is forced to face the traumas of his past in this remarkable debut feature.
Comedy201986 minsDirector: Simon Amstell
In Simon Amstell’s affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.
Romance201588 minsDirector: Brian O'Donnell and Sasha King
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.
Drama2018102 minsDirector: Ondi Timoner
Matt Smith stars as legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in this full-frontal homage to the devilish bad boy, whose sex life fuelled his career.
Comedy2021100 minsDirector: Hannes Þór Halldórsson
Two Icelandic cops forced to work together become more than just buddies in this enjoyably explosive send-up of action movies.