BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
BFI Southbank, 19th-29th March
BFI Flare 2015, London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, opens today. Now in its 29th year, Flare showcases an incredible range of the best features and shorts from the global community of LGBT and other Queer filmmakers.
Each falling into one of festival’s three categories – Hearts, Bodies and Minds – the films represent the full spectrum of the LGBTQ world, from the activist to the erotic. As always, this year’s programme will delve into some of the personal and intimate sides of modern queerness, explore some of the unique and strange corners of modern queer culture, and look back at queer’s rich history.
The British Council and fiveFilms4freedom
For the first time ever, The British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education, have made five short films from Flare available for free online on the BFI Player. They’re here right now.
The online shorts are part of The British Council’s fiveFilms4freedom campaign. On Wednesday 25 March, the shorts will be actively promoted for 24 hours in more than 70 countries and regions, including China, India, Israel, Poland and Ukraine. A ground breaking idea, fiveFilms4freedom is the world’s first digital, global, LGBT film festival.
It’s a chance for audiences across the globe to enjoy a taster of LGBT cinema, to find out about a few emerging LGBT filmmakers, and most importantly, to show support for freedom and equality everywhere. fiveFilms4freedom is produced in partnership with Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity.
Danish filmmaker Søren Green’s short is a sensitive exploration of a teenage boy’s early sexual feelings. Spending an afternoon with his friend Frederik, Mathias has decided that this is the time to tell him that he is in love with him.
Jake Graf’s self-funded short film premieres at BFI Flare, and focuses on older gay love and overcoming loneliness. A chance encounter between two men with troubled pasts leads to romance and a new start to life.
Canadian writer-director Nisha Ganatra is best known as Producer/Director of Transparent, the Golden Globe-winning TV series. In Code Academy, Frankie masquerades as a boy in futuristic cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams.
Morning Is Broken
Simon Anderson’s film is a beautifully shot coming-of-age drama set in the lush English countryside, following a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his sexuality at the end of his older brother’s wedding.
Director Nora Mandray’s 2015 documentary focuses on Fender Bender, an inspirational bicycle workshop for queer, transgender and women’s communities in Detroit.
Gorilla will be attending BFI Flare next week, so look out for more news and reviews from this exciting and unique festival.