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BFI Flare LGBTQIA+

Here are the pioneers, the iconoclasts, the brave - from landmark LGBTQIA+ 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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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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SweetheartSweetheart

Comedy2021103 minsDirector: Marley Morrison

AJ discovers it’s not so bad being on a family holiday when she meets flirtatious lifeguard Isla in this smart and funny first feature.

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TuckedTucked

Drama201781 minsDirector: Jamie Patterson

A blossoming friendship between two drag performers born 60 years apart is the subject of this emotionally engaging comedy.

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The HandmaidenThe Handmaiden

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.

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RafikiRafiki

Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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Rebel DykesRebel Dykes

Documentary202191 minsDirector: Harri Shanahan

A brilliant and refreshing story of UK post-punk dyke culture, told by those who lived it.

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The New GirlfriendThe 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.

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Two of UsTwo of Us

Drama201991 minsDirector: Filippo Meneghetti

The love between two older women is threatened by illness and secrecy in a moving French drama that features Barbara Sukowa at her very best.

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TomboyTomboy

Drama201182 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

Tender drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood) about a ten-year-old child exploring a new gender identity.

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Mädchen in Uniform Mädchen in Uniform

Drama193189 minsDirector: Leontine Sagan

Leontine Sagan’s pioneering and internationally acclaimed lesbian love story.

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End of the CenturyEnd of the Century

Romance201984 minsDirector: Lucio Castro

A chance encounter reconnects two men in this heart-breaking lament on love, lust and missed opportunities.

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The Watermelon WomanThe Watermelon Woman

Comedy199785 minsDirector: Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye's smart and funny romance - thought to be the first feature directed by a black lesbian - remains a breath of fresh air decades on.

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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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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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Stud LifeStud Life

Drama201287 minsDirector: Campbell X

Campbell X's debut feature is a sexy, young and cool gay romance taking a unique look at a slice of British urban life.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MargaritaMargarita

Drama201290 minsDirector: Laurie Colbert

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

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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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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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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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WeekendWeekend

Drama201197 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

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

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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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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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The UntamedThe Untamed

Horror201698 minsDirector: Amat Escalante

Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.

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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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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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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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QuerelleQuerelle

Drama1982109 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Jeanne Moreau plays a jaded brothel madam caught up in the violent sexual awakening of Brad Davis' naïve young sailor in Fassbinder's fever dream of subversive eroticism.

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

Comedy198524 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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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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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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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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The Duke of BurgundyThe 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.

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XXYXXY

Drama200791 minsDirector: Lucía Puenzo

A sensitive exploration of the sexual awakening and confusion of one intersex teenager.

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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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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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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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A Moment in the ReedsA 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.

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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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Postcards from LondonPostcards from London

Drama201789 minsDirector: Steve McLean

A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.

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Shinjuku BoysShinjuku Boys

Documentary199554 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Tender fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting the daily lives of three Japanese 'onnabe' who work as host in a Tokyo nightclub

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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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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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OrlandoOrlando

Fantasy199293 minsDirector: Sally Potter

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

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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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