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Check out our top picks from this weekend's BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2017

Story added 23rd Mar 2017

Looking for something fun to do in London this weekend? The 31st edition of the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival is running at Southbank until Sunday night. Their packed programme of events and screenings showcases the best new queer cinema, and celebrating the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture from around the globe.

Watch the BFI Flare trailer below, browse our top picks from the remaining days of the festival, and check out City Lit's upcoming course on LGBT cinema.

 

Watch the trailer for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

Our top picks throughout the weekend

Friday 24 March

A Date for Mad Mary - 18:30
This Irish coming-of-age comedy from Darren Thornton was described by Variety as "very possibly the most instantly lovable" film of 2016. Trailer & more info >

What the F*** is Happening with UK Porn Laws? - 18:10
Filmmakers, organisers and activists discuss freedom of speech and artistic expression in relation to UK anti-pornography laws. More info >

Saturday 25 March

The Queer Frontier: LGBT web series and beyond - 16:15
BFI Flare programmer Emma Smart explores the innovative work being done by LGBT storytellers on the Internet. More info > 

Body Electric - 20:50
This warmhearted and sensual tale of Brazilian garment workers was a hit at the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year. Trailer & more info >

Sunday 26 March

Heartland - 16:00
"[A]n elegant and assured debut from director Maura Anderson [...] a moving examination of love, loss and how the relationships that mean the most to us are the ones worth fighting for." - Emma Smart, BFI Flare programmer. Trailer & more info >

BFI Flare Closing Night Party - 20:00
Join festival guests and filmmakers for a celebration of BFI Flare 2017, with music by UNSKINNY BOP. Complimentary drinks on arrival. More info >

Introduction to LGBT cinema: out of the celluloid closet

Course Dates: Saturday 17 June 2017
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Tutor: Seán McGovern

Queer stories have always existed, but their storytellers weren’t always loud and proud. This one-day course examines LGBT cinema from the coded glances of the pre-Stonewall era up to the more complex and explicit depictions of the early 1990s. Films discussed will include Strangers on a Train, All About Eve, Dog Day Afternoon and The Silence of the Lambs. More details & booking information >

>> Browse all upcoming film courses at City Lit

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