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16 Mar 2016

BFI Flare Celebrates 30 Years 0  

Posted in Culture, Film

BFI Flare returns this week, with the LBGT film festival celebrating its 30th year. As an official sponsor for the seventh consecutive year, we decided to pick some of our highlights from this year’s programme.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

A look at the life, art and legacy of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The late photographer’s unflinching, often graphic work explored the full sexual spectrum and this beautifully shot portrait of the artist draws on interviews with Mapplethorpe’s family and friends as well as former lovers and fellow artists.


The Pass

The festival’s Opening Night Gala, Russell Tovey (History Boys, Pride) stars as one of two young footballers wrestling with their sexuality amidst the pressures of elite football and the glare of celebrity. Director Ben A William’s first feature film, The Pass is a triumphant adaptation of John Donnelly’s acclaimed Royal Court production.



1970s France. Revolution is in the air and following an encounter in Paris, country girl Delphine – newcomer Izïa Higelin – embarks on a passionate love affair with Carole. Their love is soon tested and Delphine finds herself caught between two very different worlds in a film beautifully crafted by Director Catherine Corsini.


Theo and Hugo

Directing duo and festival favourites, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, return with Theo and Hugo. As our titular characters are wandering Paris’ streets late at night, something happens that forces them to question their ideas about love, personal responsibility and desire. Theo and Hugo is a powerful film and anyone in the modern gay world will identify with the issues it raises.



Taking place on Sunday afternoon, Transform brings together a panel of film makers, actors and casting agents to discuss Trans representation on screen. Speakers include Juliet Jacques, a British journalist and writer of short fiction, best known for The Guardian’s Transgender Journey, and Faizan Fiaz, a journalist and filmmaker who has worked for news organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Vice News.


BFI Flare takes place at BFI Southbank from 16-27th March. View the schedule and book your tickets now.

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