2018 marks the 32nd LGBT Film Festival from BFI Flare. The festival will run from 21 March to 1 April at the BFI Southbank.
We already knew that My Days of Mercy starring Ellen Page and Kata Mara was to be the Opening Night film, and now we are able to run through the other highlights of this year’s festival.
In this article, we run through Planet Nation's 6 picks with famous faces at BFI Flare 2018.
1. My Days of Mercy
Starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara, this sophomore feature from Tali Shalom-Ezer is a beautiful and poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views.
- Wednesday 21 March 2018 18:15 - NFT1
- Wednesday 21 March 2018 20:50 - NFT1
- Thursday 22 March 2018 15:50 - NFT1
2. Love, Simon
A closeted high-schooler fears his best-kept secret might be revealed in this warm and witty charmer.
- Sunday 25 March 2018 20:30 - NFT1
- Monday 26 March 2018 13:50 - NFT1
Tony award-winning Broadway star Lena Hall shines as a musician with a broken heart who finds herself back in the hometown she left behind.
- Thursday 29 March 2018 18:30 - NFT1
- Saturday 31 March 2018 16:00
Piper Laurie heads a superb cast in this elegant love story where the secrets of the past collide with the present in unexpected ways.
- Sunday 25 March 2018 18:10 - NFT1
- Monday 26 March 2018 16:00 - NFT3
5. The Happy Prince
This passion project from writer-director-star Rupert Everett depicts the final years in the life of renowned writer Oscar Wilde.
- Wednesday 28 March 2018 20:45 - NFT1
- Saturday 31 March 2018 11:00 - NFT1
6. Battle of the Sexes
Emma Stone dazzles as Billie Jean King in this thrilling account of her highly-publicised fight for equality in women’s tennis.
- Sunday 01 April 2018 13:00 - NFT3
Top festival tip
Realistically, knowing how popular the opening film normally is, plus the addition of Ellen Page – if you want a ticket to this screening you will need to sign up as a member. In addition to being able to buy your tickets from 28 February (a whole week before general ticket release, you will also save money on every ticket you buy for the festival). Details about membership are available at the bottom of this article.
The full festival programme
The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here, but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:
- Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
- Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
- Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package.
About BFI Flare
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England
- Champions can book tickets from 27 February (from 11:30)
- Members can book tickets from 28 February (from 11:30)
- General Public can book tickets from 5 March (from 11:30)
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- Save 15% on film rentals once you’ve registered your Membership number on your account.
- Save 15% on our great selection of film products when you flash your Membership card in store or whenever you log in.
- Priority booking to BFI Flare 7 days before general release.
- Enjoy £1.50 off most IMAX tickets.
- Save 10% on food and drink at benugo bar & kitchen and the Riverfront.
- Enjoy 2 BFI Southbank ticket vouchers.
- No booking fees for BFI Festivals and BFI Southbank.
Paperfree membership is £35 by direct debit (digital festival guides), standard membership is £40 by direct debit.