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Talisa Dean 05/03/23

BFI Flare

BFI Flare | London’s leading LGBTIQ+ film festival 

BFI Flare is the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, and this will be the largest BFI Flare yet.

That means that you’ll get a whopping 57 feature films and 90 shorts, all for your viewing pleasure ay the Southbank over the 12 days that the festival is on. Some of the highlights include:

Something You Said Last Night“It’s lazy days under the blazing sun for twentysomething trans woman Renata, in this refreshingly authentic family drama.”

JEWELLE: A Just Vision“A celebration of the achievements of Jewelle Gomez, whose vampire stories and engagement with Black and Indigenous histories were well ahead of their time.”

SwallowedIt’s drugs, bugs and unrequited hugs in this deliciously grotesque queer body horror from Carter Smith.”

The Five Devils“A magical queer French thriller about a young girl with special powers whose world is upended with the arrival of a mysterious relative.”

Rule 34“A woman explores her erotic desires at home, while during the day works on sexual violence cases.”

And that’s not all – this year, they’re also debuting the world’s first virtual LGBTQ+ museum. What is a virtual museum? Well, you can have some fun finding out, but it basically involves virtual reality, screen-based installations, volumetric video, 3-D scanning and interactive games.

It’s got some real flair.


NOTE: BFI Flare takes place from  15th to 26th March at BFI Southbank. You can find out more, and get tickets at the website right here

BFI Southbank | Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT

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