OMG we finally know what is showing at BFI Flare… well we’ve had a teaser from the programming team. Tonight the annual programme launch took place where we get to see a few snippets of trailers in each of the sections of the programme.
We’ll be releasing the full list of wlw films shortly, along with our annual guide of how to watch every wlw film across the festival without clashes; but in the meantime – these three films really stood out that we’re excited to see (in addition to the centrepiece of closing films of course!)
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
A new Australian feature film based on the play by the same name. Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt tells the story of Ellie, a 17 year old girl who has fallen for her classmate Abbie. All Ellie wants is to ask Abbie to the school formal, however teenage awkwardness and angst are getting in the way. Luckily her deceased Aunt, Amber has come back from the dead in the form of a “Fairy God Mother” to help navigate Ellie through her first romance.
The weekend Anne (24) moves into her own place she unexpectedly runs into her ex-girlfriend Lily. Lily was her first girlfriend and a lot has happened since they broke up four years ago. Over the weekend, Anne reflects on the relationships she has had throughout her student years in Amsterdam. In six episodes we learn about Anne’s turbulent love life and how these diverse girls and various relationships have contributed to who she is today.
Format (6x 11 minutes)
Queering the Script
Queering the Script is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Gabrielle Zilkha and released in 2019. Beginning at ClexaCon, a fan convention for lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender women, the film explores the issue of LGBTQ representation in media, including the ways in which social media activism has influenced the telling of queer women’s stories in entertainment by organizing campaigns against storytelling tropes such as queerbaiting and Dead Lesbian Syndrome.
About BFI Flare
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival is the UK’s longest running queer film event. It began in 1986 as Gay’s Own Pictures. By its 3rd edition it was tagged the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and since then has grown to become the largest LGBTIQ+ film event in the UK, and its most anticipated. The Festival changed its name to BFI Flare in 2014 to reflect the increasing diversity of its films, filmmakers and audience.
The festival is programmed by Jay Bernard, Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton, Brian Robinson, Emma Smart and guest programmer Tara Brown, led by Festivals Director, Tricia Tuttle.
The 2019 edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival included 53 feature films, an expanded industry programme, selected films on BFI Player VOD service, a series of special events and archive screenings. fiveFilms4freedom saw BFI Flare offer five LGBTIQ+ short films for free across the world and promoted through the British Council’s global networks. www.bfi.org.uk/Flare
BFI Members pay £6.50-£10.50
Non-members pay £8.00-£12.60
Under 25s can turn up 45 minutes before a screening and if there is a seat, can get a ticket for £3
Opening and closing films are £15.20
All films on Sunday 29 March are £8.00