Tonight was the Press Launch of the 2016 BFI Flare Festival, and we were there! For its 30th birthday, the London LGBT Film Festival announced its stellar programme opening with “The Pass” starring Russell Tovey (”Looking”) and Arinze Kene whose abs are rumoured to be unforgettable (we’re not jealous), and closing with “Summertime” – ”La Belle Saison” in French – with Cécile de France and Izia Higelin.
The evening started with a presentation of the 2016 Festival according to three sections: Hearts, Bodies and Minds, followed by a cocktail by the Thames with its legendary cake. Among the trailers that were broadcast, I recognised Anthony LaPaglia (”Without A Trace”) and Dianna Agron (”Glee”) (I can’t believe I went to her house party in LA but we’ll talk about this later). A lot of shirtless guys were involved. There will also be a documentary about Mapplethorpe and screenings of recent theatrical releases such as “Tangerine”.
The BFI Flare celebrates LGBT content in British films, transgender representation on screen and queer science with over 50 features and more than 100 shorts. I was really impressed to be honest. The festival runs from 16th March to 27th March, so what are you waiting for? Book your tickets here: http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare
Paris, you have “Chéries-Chéris”. When will the CNC make it bigger, brighter and bolder as the BFI does?
From London, with (LGBT) love.
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