This year’s BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival is a glorious celebration of queerness in all its forms, with a great line-up of films separated into thematic strands Hearts, Bodies, and Minds, as well as a retrospective of camp movies under the umbrella of Winks and Nudges, and a string of dedicated screenings of short films and webseries.
If you’re looking to go but aren’t sure what’s good, here are some of the best films screening this year.
Standing out in the Special Presentations
category are closing night gala SIGNATURE MOVE
, a film about a young Muslim American lesbian trying to strike balance between her family and happiness, and the World Premiere of award-winning British director Campbell X’s DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
, a 12-part web series based on Jacquie Lawrence’s indie hit novel of the same name.
In the Hearts
strand we have a few melancholy romances which beg to be watched: director Maura Anderson’s debut HEARTLAND
, which features Lizzie Bennett Diaries alum Laura Spencer (universally hailed as the cutest Jane Bennett to grace our screens), and So Yong Kim’s LOVESONG
sees Jena Malone and Riley Keough rekindle a dormant romantic flame amid complicated personal circumstances. Honourable mentions for South Korean artist drama OUR LOVE STORY
and Japanese drama WEST NORTH WEST
With such an exhilarating and diverse range of films, Flare looks more exciting than ever. Make sure to queue for your favourite sold out films as last minute tickets are likely to be released, and keep your eyes peeled for any extra screenings added to the roster by checking the BFI website at http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare