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16 Mar 2017

Guest Blog Post: BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2017 0  

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There is so much to see over the 11 days of BFI Flare starting on 16th March – from talks to events, club nights to quizzes, sing-a-longs to show-and-tells – that it would be near impossible to talk about all of the treats which lie ahead. So instead, here are some tantalising teasers to give you a taste of what you can expect…

We are particularly excited to be welcoming back Seattle-based artist Clyde Petersen for our exclusive Centrepiece Presentation of their latest creation ‘Torrey Pines’ – a psychedelic stop-motion animation about a child grappling with gender identity and a schizophrenic mother. The film will be accompanied by a live score from Clyde’s Queercore band, ‘Your Heart Breaks’, and we can guarantee it will be one of the highlights of the festival.

Our ‘Hearts’ strand showcases films about love, romance and friendship, and one of this year’s most powerful offerings is ‘Out of Iraq’, a thrilling documentary about the relationship between two young soldiers at the height of the Iraq war. This film was so popular with our audiences that it sold out almost instantly when tickets first went on sale, so we have added an extra screening on the final Sunday. But get in there quick, tickets are selling fast!

If you want to see a true one of a kind at this year’s festival, then we would recommend a fascinating Mexican film called ‘The Untamed’ (screening in our ‘Bodies’ strand), which is a thrillingly perverse combination of hard-hitting social drama and avant-garde science-fiction. It’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen (promise!) and really pushes the boundaries of what we might understand and expect from contemporary queer cinema.

For those of you more politically minded, our ‘Minds’ strand should be right up your street, and one of the many highlights is an exclusive work in progress screening of Ashley Joiner’s provocative debut PRIDE?, a warm and intelligent documentary that examines the history of Pride celebrations, its radical off-shoots and what the future of queer organising will be. It is a really exciting chance to see a new British feature in its early stages, and can guarantee it will be an event which will generate much conversation and debate.

And don’t forget, we’ll be camping it up with ‘Winks and Nudges’, our celebration (and reconsideration) of all things camp on screen – highlights include an illustrated lecture from our newest programmer Zorian Clayton, as well as screenings of the fabulous (and infamous) Village People musical ‘Can’t stop the music’ at the BFI IMAX (!), and a sing-a-long version of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and much more! Seriously, how could anyone resist?

See you at the festival!

  • Guest blog post by Michael Blyth, Programmer BFI Flare *
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