Ten uplifting and powerful tales recount the lives of everyday heroes with no special powers except striving for their own identities whether they are gay, bi or transgender, fighting for the right to be themselves.
This selection of short films compiled by Peccadillo Pictures includes the powerful docudrama The Colour Of His Hair starring Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country), the breathtaking Egyptian animation Half A Life, and Iris Prize 2017 winner, Mother Knows Best.
Girls on Film 3: Goddesses
Anthology 2018 111 mins Director: Karishma Dev Dube
Eight more award-winning short films from around the world, exploring female desire, empowerment and the realities of being a woman, a lesbian and a feminist in the modern world.
Girls on Film 2: Before Dawn
Anthology 2017 111 mins Director: Lorelei Pepi
An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Boys on Film 16: Possession
Anthology 2017 125 mins Director: Kai Stänicke
Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.
Which Side Are You On? Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984
Documentary 1985 54 mins Director: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s documentary focuses on the 1984 Miner’s Strike, capturing a range of complicated emotions, situations, and circumstances.
Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film
Anthology 2016 63 mins Silent
This celebration of silent Shakespeare interweaves a delightful selection of thrilling, iconic and humorous scenes from 24 newly digitised films.
From Acorn to Oak
Anthology 1938 5 mins Director: Montgomery Tully
A birthday card in film form, celebrating 50 years of the Dunlop pneumatic tyre.
BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival Presents
The Chambermaid Lynn
2014 90 mins Director: 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.
Love Is Strange
Drama 2014 95 mins Director: 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.
Documentary 2015 80 mins Director: William Fairman
A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
Documentary 2016 86 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2015 88 mins Director: 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.
The Girl King
Historical drama 2015 106 mins Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.
Drama 2017 113 mins Director: Isabel Coixet
Words run riot when a free-spirited bookseller (Emily Mortimer) introduces a sleepy town to a host of provocative literature
Scene Nun, Take One
Comedy 1964 26 mins Director: Maurice Hatton
Susannah York plays a mischievously wayward actress mistaken for a nun in this comedy short shot in Swinging 60s London
Son of Fred
1956 19 mins Director: Richard Lester
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan serve up some inspired goonery in this madcap Milligan-penned crazy comedy show from 1956.
Miss Mactaggart Won't Lie Down
Comedy 1966 28 mins Director: Francis Searle
Sprightly Scottish spinster Miss MacTaggart makes an unexpected return from the dead in this gentle character comedy.
A Show Called Fred Ep 5
1956 28 mins Director: Richard Lester
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan invite you to leap into your dustbin and dance in this episode of their 50s comedy show
A Moment in the Reeds
Romance 2017 107 mins Director: 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.