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BFI Flare LGBTQ+

Here are the pioneers, the iconoclasts, the brave - from landmark LGBTQ+ portraits to the next generation of queer classics from the BFI Flare festival.

This collection offers a chance to look back, to revisit and discover - not just the icons of queer cinema but the lesser-known treasures.

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TomboyTomboy

Drama201182 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

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.

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Are You Proud?Are You Proud?

Documentary201896 minsDirector: Ashley Joiner

Celebratory yet reflective documentary charting the LGBTQ+ movement's momentous journey towards equality.

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CaravaggioCaravaggio

Biopic198693 minsDirector: Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

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ChemsexChemsex

Documentary201580 minsDirector: William Fairman

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

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Mysterious SkinMysterious Skin

Drama2004105 minsDirector: Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki's provocative story of two boys haunted by disturbing events one summer when they were eight years old, adapted from Scott Heim's cult indie novel.

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WeekendWeekend

Drama201197 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh's internationally acclaimed tale of a brief encounter between two gay men.

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Girls LostGirls Lost

Fantasy2015106 minsDirector: Alexandra-Therese Keining

Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, gender fluid fantasy from the director of Kiss Me.

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Reaching for the MoonReaching 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.

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You and the NightYou and the Night

Drama201389 minsDirector: Yann Gonzalez

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

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Stranger by the LakeStranger by the Lake

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie

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.

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Tom of FinlandTom 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.

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Beautiful SomethingBeautiful Something

Drama201593 minsDirector: Joseph Graham

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

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VivaViva

Sex comedy2008116 minsDirector: Anna Biller

Anna Biller's outrageous sexploitation satire follows bored housewife Barbi as she searches for adventure in predatory 1970s Los Angeles.

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52 Tuesdays52 Tuesdays

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.

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Closet MonsterCloset Monster

Drama201590 minsDirector: Stephen Dunn

An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.

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Dressed as a GirlDressed 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.

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MargaritaMargarita

Drama201290 minsDirector: Laurie Colbert

When a cash-strapped yuppie couple fire their teenage daughter’s nanny they set of a chain of unexpected events.

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The Way He LooksThe 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.

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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis BaconLove Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Biopic199887 minsDirector: John Maybury

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

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Interior. Leather Bar.Interior. Leather Bar.

201360 minsDirector: James Franco

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from one of the most notorious gay features ever made.

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Young Soul RebelsYoung Soul Rebels

Drama1991105 minsDirector: Isaac Julien

The Queen's Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O'Jays in Isaac Julien’s feature debut.

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Pink NarcissusPink Narcissus

Fantasy197165 minsDirector: James Bidgood

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

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Fox and His FriendsFox and His Friends

Drama1975124 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder's brilliantly caustic and cynical drama follows an ex-fairground worker who wins the lottery but is still mocked and exploited by his boyfriend’s family and friends.

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Drama1972124 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder's visual and verbal extravaganza about a successful but lonely fashion designer who falls in love with a beautiful younger woman.

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La NocheLa Noche

Drama2016141 minsDirector: Edgardo Castro

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

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I Am DivineI Am Divine

Documentary201390 minsDirector: Jeffrey Schwarz

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

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Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEisenstein in Guanajuato

Biopic2015106 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

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Théo and HugoThéo 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.

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A Special DayA Special Day

Drama1977106 minsDirector: Ettore Scola

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni deliver the finest and most nuanced performances of their careers in this understated masterpiece from director Ettore Scola.

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Of Love & LawOf Love & Law

Documentary201794 minsDirector: Hikaru Toda

Two gay lawyers living in Osaka pioneer the first LGBTQ+ law firm in Japan.

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Leave It on the FloorLeave It on the Floor

Drama2011106 minsDirector: Sheldon Larry

Sheldon Larry’s audacious, raunchy and big-hearted voguing musical, set in downtown LA.

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RosebudRosebud

Drama199114 minsDirector: Cheryl Farthing

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

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The Lay of the LandThe Lay of the Land

Drama199814 minsDirector: Fraser Macdonald

A man with a history of gay-bashing enters a smoky bar and strikes up a conversation with a drag queen in this dark short.

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NighthawksNighthawks

Drama1978113 minsDirector: Ron Peck

A schoolteacher juggles everyday life with nights spent cruising for Mr Right in this fascinating landmark in British gay cinema.

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Nighthawks 2: Strip Jack NakedNighthawks 2: Strip Jack Naked

Documentary199191 minsDirector: Ron Peck

Ron Peck’s experimental follow up to the groundbreaking Nighthawks is both a making-of documentary and a deeply personal film memoir.

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Before StonewallBefore Stonewall

Documentary198484 minsDirector: Greta Schiller

Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.

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Caught LookingCaught Looking

Drama199135 minsDirector: Constantine Giannaris

Years before Grindr, a gay man turns to virtual reality to satisfy his sexual fantasies in this strangely prophetic short film.

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What Can I Do with a Male Nude?What Can I Do with a Male Nude?

198524 minsDirector: Ron Peck

Ron Peck tests the thin line between pornography and art with his amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked male form.

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A Friend of DorothyA Friend of Dorothy

Drama199532 minsDirector: Raoul O'Connell

A gay man studying in New York develops a crush on his male roommate in this cute and breezy short.

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New Queer Visions: Men from the BoysNew Queer Visions: Men from the Boys

Anthology2017114 minsDirector: David Bonneville

First love, revenge, new beginnings and more are unwrapped, in this exciting collection of debut shorts from Portugal, Taiwan, Belgium, the UK and the USA.

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New Queer Visions Lust in TranslationNew Queer Visions Lust in Translation

Anthology2015108 minsDirector: Kate Meveau

Compilation of short films exploring female desire, including illuminating stories from Belgium, South Africa and Cambodia.

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Through a Boy's EyesThrough a Boy's Eyes

Anthology201877 minsDirector: Damiá Serra Cauchetiez

In this selection of award-winning short films, witness the struggles and celebrations seen through the eyes of boys not only becoming men, but becoming attracted to them..

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Love and Death on Long IslandLove and Death on Long Island

Comedy199689 minsDirector: Richard Kwietniowski

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietniowski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.

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Real BoyReal Boy

Documentary201672 minsDirector: Shaleece Haas

A 19-year-old trans man navigates family, friendships, and the challenges of young adulthood.

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A Deal With The UniverseA Deal With The Universe

Documentary201892 minsDirector: Jason Barker

This extraordinarily intimate documentary from Jason Barker tells the inspiring tale of a very different kind of pregnancy.

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RelaxRelax

Drama199122 minsDirector: Christopher Newby

A gay man awaits the results of an HIV test, drifting into moments of fantasy as he copes with his fears and memories.

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North of VortexNorth of Vortex

Road movie199255 minsDirector: Constantine Giannaris

A gay poet, a bisexual sailor and a straight waitress embark on a trip through an American desert landscape in this languid, woozy road movie.

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Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek JarmanDelphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman

Biopic201013 minsDirector: Matthew Mishory

Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England.

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Madonna and ChildMadonna and Child

Drama198028 minsDirector: Terence Davies

Autobiography as art: the centrepiece of Terence Davies' devastating Liverpool-set Trilogy focuses on his fictional alter-ego in middle age.

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ChildrenChildren

Drama197646 minsDirector: Terence Davies

The first part of Terence Davies' formidable Trilogy explores the effects of violence on a Liverpool schoolboy, told in a series of flashbacks.

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Death and TransfigurationDeath and Transfiguration

Drama198326 minsDirector: Terence Davies

The Terence Davies Trilogy reaches its astonishing climax as tortured Liverpool clerk Robert Tucker prepares to meet his maker.

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Who's Gonna Love Me Now?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.

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AllureAllure

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Carlos Sanchez

A dark psychosexual drama from first-time directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez, Allure stars Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) as a troubled woman who becomes entangled in an intense relationship with a teenage girl.

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Jamie and Jessie Are Not TogetherJamie and Jessie Are Not Together

Musical2011101 minsDirector: Wendy Jo Carlton

An indie comedy lesbian romance about falling in love with your best friend. With songs!

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