The BFI Flare film festival is the UK’s annual celebration and showcase of LGBTQ+ cinema. This year it features major releases, short films, acclaimed indie features and a selection of club nights that celebrate queer filmmakers and queer culture.
Whilst movies such as Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name have placed gay narratives in mainstream cinema in recent years, there remains a chronic lack of representation for queer characters in the movies. Despite audience and Academy endorsements for those movies and others including Sean Baker’s Tangerine and the Emma-Stone-starring Battle of the Sexes, LGBTQ+ characters remain the subject of stereotyping and marginalisation in mainstream cinema. The films on show at BFI Flare, though, describe the nuances of sexuality and gender and celebrate a golden age of queer filmmaking. Check to seven of our top picks from the festival below.