BFI Flare: Five best picks of this year’s LGBT film festival programme

Amy Ashenden
Different for Girls: The lesbian drama set in west London: Lesbian Box Office

Besides Oscar award-winning Moonlight, 2017 brings a whole host of LGBTQ films to London via the BFI Flare festival on the South Bank – here are five top picks.

Different for Girls

This west London lesbian drama will have its world premiere at BFI Flare. The 12-part web series by queer film director Campbell X – also one to watch – is based on Jacquie Lawrence’s novel of the same name and stars Rachel Shelley, aka Helena Peabody from The L Word.

Friday March 17 at 20:45

Free Cece!

Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox investigates the harsh injustices trans women are facing in the US. Having played Sophia Buset, an incarcerated trans woman in the hit Netflix drama, Cox catches a flight to Minnesota to meet Cece McDonald, whose arrest sparked protests worldwide. On an ordinary night out in Minneapolis, McDonald was attacked leaving a bar. Facing a hurl of racist and homophobic abuse, a man was stabbed in a fight and McDonald was charged and then imprisoned in two male prisons. An important insight into the trans rights movement.

Tuesday March 21 at 18.20 and Wednesday March 22 at 20.30

Waiting for B

Beyoncé fans won’t be able to resist this documentary following the a group of queer Brazilian kids who camp outside a São Paulo venue for two months to be the first through the gates at the concert. It’s the greatest night of their lives so ladies, get in formation, and head to the South Bank to see this cute, kitschy and uplifting doc.

Friday March 17 at 20.50 and Saturday March 18 at 15:40

Being 17

This one should catch your eye as its the latest from Céline Sciamma who directed French indie hit Girlhood. Being 17 tells the story of two boys in the last year of high school, and the thin line between love and hate.

Thursday March 23 at 18:20 and Friday March 24 at 15:30

Our Love Story

Falling in love for the first time, artist Yoon-ju is captivated by Ji-soo – but she has a secret. Ji-soo’s life away from the city isn’t as free as she had imagined it might be, in this debut from Hyun-ju Lee.

Friday March 17 at 14:00 and Saturday March 18 at 16:00

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