2019 marks the 33rd LGBT Film Festival from BFI Flare. The festival will run from 21 March to 31 March 2019 at the BFI Southbank in London.

We already knew that Vita and Virginia is the opening night film, and now we are able to run through the other highlights of this year’s festival.

We’ve gone through the entire programme, and selected 7 films that we think are not to be missed.

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy

Biography, Drama, LGBT

A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Laura Dern) spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy (Kristen Stewart), the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

Find out more about JT LeRoy


Biography, Crime, Drama, LGBT

A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family starring Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny.

Find out more about Lizzie

Tell it to the Bees

Drama, Romance, LGBT

In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient’s mother.

Find out more about Tell it to the Bees


Drama, LGBT

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Find out more about GIRL

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Thriller, Drama, LGBT

Not yet 30, Lola controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job as a high-powered business consultant. No one knows about her older sister Conny or her family’s history of mental illness. But when a tragic event forces Conny back into Lola’s life and her secrets begin to unravel, Lola’s grip on reality slips away.

Find out more about The Ground Beneath My Feet

Knife+Heart Un couteau dans le Coeur (original title)

Drama, Romance, Thriller, LGBT

Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

Find out more about Knife+Heart

Vita and Virginia

Biography, Drama, LGBT

VITA & VIRGINIA details the intimate relationship between author Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and socialite, Vita SackvilleWest (Gemma Arterton), which was to become the inspiration for Woolf’s Modernist novel, Orlando: A Biography.

Find out more about Vita and Virginia


Realistically, knowing how popular the opening film normally is, plus the addition of Ellen Page – if you want a ticket to this screening you will need to sign up as a member. In addition to being able to buy your tickets from 28 February (a whole week before general ticket release, you will also save money on every ticket you buy for the festival). Details about membership are available at the bottom of this article.


The full 2019 BFI Flare programme is available here, but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package.

About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England



  • Champions can book tickets from 27 February (from 11:30)
  • Members can book tickets from 28 February (from 11:30)
  • General Public can book tickets from 5 March (from 11:30)

Box Office 020 7928 3232

BFI Membership benefits:

  • Priority booking to BFI Flare 7 days before general release.
  • Save 10{c7169d3fc74abcfb7f9e4a0de7d059aeb33b51442cb2f06ba31e13651e66f4af} on food and drink at BFI Southbank.
  • Enjoy 2 BFI Southbank ticket vouchers.
  • No booking fees for BFI Festivals and BFI Southbank.
  • 15{c7169d3fc74abcfb7f9e4a0de7d059aeb33b51442cb2f06ba31e13651e66f4af} off BFI Shop
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  • 15{c7169d3fc74abcfb7f9e4a0de7d059aeb33b51442cb2f06ba31e13651e66f4af} off Sight & Sound annual subscriptions

Standard membership is £48.

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