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London's LGBTQIA+ Film Festival
Held annually by the British Film Institute at BFI Southbank in London

flare site 36th BFI Flare
London LGBTQIA+
Film Festival

at BFI Southbank
16-27 MARCH 2022

Opening Film: GIRL PICTURE
Closing Film: TRAMPS!

REPORTS FROM THE FESTIVAL:
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Rich's best of the 2022 fest...
  1. PRIVATE DESERT
  2. A DISTANT PLACE
  3. MONEYBOYS
  4. THE PERFECT DAVID
  5. WILDHOOD
  6. BRUNO REIDAL: CONFESSION OF A MURDERER
  7. GIRL PICTURE
  8. SUBLIME
  9. MANSCAPING
  10. THE DIVIDE

BEING BEBE (Branham, US)
BENEDICTION (Davies, UK)
BESTIES (Ravel, Fr)
BOULEVARD! A HOLLYWOOD STORY (Schwarz, US)
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES (Brocka, US)
BRUNO REIDAL: CONFESSION OF A MURDERER (Le Port. Fr)
CAMILA COMES OUT TONIGHT (Barrionuevo)
CHARLI XCX: ALONE TOGETHER (Bradley/Pablo, US)
COP SECRET (Halldorsson, Ice)
DAKAN (Camara, Gui)
DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR (Thompson)
DEATH AND BOWLING (Kash)
A DISTANT PLACE (Park, Kor)
THE DIVIDE (Corsini, Fr)
THE END OF WONDERLAND (Turcotte-Fraser)
ESTHER NEWTON MADE ME GAY (Carlomusto, US)
EVERYTHING AT ONCE: KINK (Fuguet)
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK (Hart, Can)
THE FIRST FALLEN (de Oliveira)
FLEE (Rasmussen, Den)
FRAGRANCE OF THE FIRST FLOWER (Teng)
FRAMING AGNES (Joynt, Can)
GATEWAYS GRIND (Lawrence, UK)
GIRL PICTURE (Haapasalo, Fin)
GREAT FREEDOM (Meise, Aut)

I AM THE TIGRESS (Fussenegger/Osmanovic)
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT DURAS (Simon, Fr)
IN FROM THE SIDE (Carter, UK)
INVISIBLE: GAY WOMEN IN SOUTHERN MUSIC (Parsell, US)
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY (Linares, DR)
JIMMY IN SAIGON (McDowell, US)
THE LAW OF LOVE (Chalupova)
LONG LIVE MY HAPPY HEAD (McCowan/Hewitt)
MADAME SATA (Ainouz, 02/Br)
MANSCAPING (Fox, US)
MONEYBOYS (Yi, Tai)
NICO (Gehring)
NORTH BY CURRENT (Minax)
THE NOVICE (Hadaway, US)
THE OUTLAWS (Dahlsbakken)
PARALLEL MOTHERS (Almodovar, Sp)
PASSION (Borg)
THE PERFECT DAVID (Aparicio, Arg)
PRIVATE DESERT (Muritiba, Br)
SEDIMENTS (Silvestre)
SIRENS (Baghdadi, Leb)
THE SOUND OF SCARS (Brooks, US)
SUBLIME (Biasin, Arg)
THE SWIMMER (Kalderon, Isr)
THIS IS NOT ME (Gholipour, Irn)
TRAMPS! (Hegge, Can)
ULTRAVIOLETTE AND THE BLOOD-SPITTERS GANG (Hunzinger, Fr)
WALK WITH ME (del Rosal)
WET SAND (Naveriani)
WILDHOOD (Hannam, Can)
THE WORLD TO COME (Fastvold, US)

See also:
FLARE 2022 SHORTS
FIVE FILMS FOR FREEDOM 2022


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BFI Flare

London LGBTIQ+
Film Festival



Held virtually
17-28 MARCH 2021


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NOTE: With a reduced programme of films and events, BFI Flare was held online for the second year due to the pandemic.


Rich's best of the 2021 fest...

F E A T U R E S
  1. POPPY FIELD
  2. SWEETHEART
  3. JUMP, DARLING
  4. I AM SAMUEL
  5. RURANGI
  6. SUBLET
  7. BOY MEETS BOY
  8. THE DOSE
  9. VALENTINA
  10. FIREBIRD
S H O R T S
  1. LAND OF THE FREE
  2. BEING SASCHA
  3. ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET
  4. VICTORIA
  5. COSMOPOLITAN
  6. POOL BOY
  7. THE NIGHT TRAIN
  8. BABY LIES TRUTHFULLY
  9. SON OF SODOM
  10. EDEN
AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN (Alencastre, US)
BOY MEETS BOY (Lopez, Ger)
COLORS OF TOBI (Bakony, Hun)
COWBOYS (Kerrigan, US)
CURED (Singer/Sammon, US)
THE DOSE (Kraut, Arg)
DRAMARAMA (Wysocki, US)
ENFANT TERRIBLE (Roehler, Ger)
FIREBIRD (Rebane, Est)
THE GREENHOUSE (Wilson-White, Aus)
I AM SAMUEL (Murimi, Ken)
KISS ME BEFORE IT BLOWS UP (Peleg, Isr)
MAMA GLORIA (Fisher, US)
JUMP, DARLING (Connell, Can)
MY FIRST SUMMER (Found, Aus)
NO ORDINARY MAN (Chin-Yee/Joynt, Can)
THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON (LeRoi, US)
POPPY FIELD (Jebeleanu, Rom)
P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE (Seligman/Tiexiera/Olsen, US)
REBEL DYKES (Shanahan/Williams, UK)
RURANGI (Currie, NZ)
SUBLET (Fox, Isr)
SWEETHEART (Morrison, UK)
TOVE (Bergroth, Fin)
VALENTINA (dos Santos, Br)
WELL ROUNDED (Myara, Can)

See also:
FLARE 2021 SHORTS
FIVE FILMS FOR FREEDOM 2021


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BFI Flare

London LGBTIQ+
Film Festival



Held virtually
18-29 MARCH 2020


Rich's best of the 2020 fest...
  1. AND THEN WE DANCED
  2. THE LAWYER
  3. THE PRINCE
  4. FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO
  5. MATTHIAS & MAXIME
  6. SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM
  7. CICADA
  8. YOU DON'T NOMI
  9. SPIRAL
  10. SUMMERLAND
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NOTE: BFI Flare was cancelled due to Covid, aside from an abbreviated virtual festival. This is a complete list of the scheduled films.


AND THEN WE DANCED (Akin, Geo)
ANNE+ (Bisscheroux, Ned)
ASK ANY BUDDY (Purchell, US)
BLOODSISTERS: LEATHER, DYKES AND SADOMASOCHISM (Handelman, US)
BOOKSMART (Wilde, US)
BUSY INSIDE (Lvoff, US)
CHANGING THE GAME (Barnett, US)
CICADA (Fifer/Mulcare, US)
CLEMENTINE (Gallagher, US)
DISCLOSURE (Feder, US)
A DOG BARKING AT THE MOON (Zi, Chn)
DON'T LOOK DOWN (Ducastel/Martineau, Fr)
DRAG KIDS (Wennberg, Can)
ELLIE AND ABBIE (AND ELLIE'S DEAD AUNT) (Zanetti, Aus)
FLAWLESS (Maymon/Granit, Isr)
FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO (Karslake, US)
JACK & YAYA (Bagley/Hewey, US)
JUSTINE (Patterson, UK)
KEYBOARD FANTASIES (Dixon, UK)
THE LAWYER (Zabarauskas, Lit)
LA LEYENDA NEGRA (Delgado, US)
LINGUA FRANCA (Sandoval, US)
MAKE UP (Oakley, UK)
MATTHIAS & MAXIME (Dolan, Can)
MEMORIES OF A TEENAGER (Santa Ana, Arg)


MIDNIGHT KISS (Smith, US)
MOFFIE (Hermanus, SA)
MONSOON (Khaou, UK)
MY FIONA (Walker, US)
A NIGHT AT SWITCH N' PLAY (Stickels, US)
NO HARD FEELINGS (Shariat, Ger)
OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION (Pike, Can)
PAIN AND GLORY (Almodovar, Sp)
PIER KIDS (Bratton, US)
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Sciamma, Fr)
PRIDE & PROTEST (Singh, UK)
THE PRINCE (Munoz, Chl)
QUEER GENIUS (Pancake, US)
QUEERING THE SCRIPT (Zilkha, Can)
RESCUE THE FIRE (Viefhues, Ger)
SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM (Van Grinsven, Aus)
SIXTH HAPPINESS (Hussein, UK)
SPIRAL (Harder, Can)
STEELERS (Ashton-Atkinson, UK)
SUMMERLAND (Swale, UK)
T11 INCOMPLETE (Guacci, US)
TRANSKIDS (Medalia, Isr)
TWO OF US (Meneghetti, Fr)
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS (Knowlton, US)
YOU DON'T NOMI (McHale, US)
YOUNG HUNTER (Berger, Arg)

See also:
FLARE 2020 SHORTS
FIVE FILMS FOR FREEDOM 2020

* review coming soon


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