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Five must-see films at BFI Flare

Tricia Tuttle, artistic director of BFI Festivals, picks out five screenings to get excited about this month

By Time Out Film |
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This week London’s biggest celebration of LGBT+ cinema, BFI Flare, gets underway on the South Bank. Expect Q&As, parties, club nights, talks and, most of all, movies. Loads of them. We asked Tricia Tuttle, artistic director of BFI Festivals, to pick five that showcase the crowd-pleasing, groundbreaking best of queer cinema on offer.

London's biggest LGBTQ+ film festival, BFI Flare runs from Wed Mar 21-Sun Apr 1 at the BFI Southbank. 

The Happy Prince

‘This is Rupert Everett’s passion project: he’s written and directed it, and he’s in almost every scene. It’s a sad, poignant film about the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde. It takes a beautiful, sepia approach to period, and Rupert is incredible in it. It’s a debut film that demonstrates the confidence of queer cinema after the last few years.’

Love, Scott

‘This really inspiring, tender documentary is a Canadian film about a man, Scott Jones, who’s been the victim of a horrific hate crime. It’s set in the three years after the attack when he’s trying to make peace with what’s happened to him, and with his attacker. We’re hosting the world premiere.’

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Postcards From London

‘“Postcards” is a vibrant, sexy film about a very different sort of escort service, starring Londoner Harris Dickinson from “Beach Rats”. The setting is a very different, more stylised Soho. It’s a love letter to the city, and to queer music and culture – an ode to queer cinema with a tip of the hat to Derek Jarman.’

A Deal With the Universe

‘BFI Flare is about discovery – we have five great programmers working on the line-up – and this documentary is a good example of that. Jason Barker is a transgender filmmaker who filmed his and his partner’s attempts to start a family. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s a very unusual, different kind of pregnancy. It’s a beautiful, moving film and it’s our centrepiece gala screening.’

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120 Beats Per Minute

‘This is a stunning film; a celebration of the power of activism. It’s two-and-a-half hours of people talking in a room, but it’s so cinematic. Robin Campillo, the director, has taken these scenes of people arguing about activism and turned it into one of the year’s most vibrant pieces of cinema. I can’t wait to see it again on the big screen.’

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