‘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.’
‘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.’
‘“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.’
‘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.’
‘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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