Five films to look forward to at BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2020

Brian Robson picks his top five picks this year


BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival returns this month, with a blistering line-up of the world’s finest queer films.

Each year, the annual 10-day festival - running from March 18 to 29 - showcases some of the best LGBTQ feature length films including the world premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s drama Cicada, Sam Feder’s documentary on transgender representation on TV and Jessica Swale’s feature debut Summerland.

The festival will also feature old and new directors showing the world their talent, and this year will not leave you disappointed.

You can check out the full programme and buy tickets here.

Ahead of the festival launch on March 18, three of the event’s lead programmers picked their favourites for Attitude.

Michael Blyth - the senior programmer for BFI Flare - and Zorian Clayton have both picked five of the many films featured this year that they are looking forward to seeing.

Now, Brian Robson has provided a list of the screenings he cannot wait to see when the festival kicks off on March 18.

NO HARD FEELINGS - Directed by Faraz Shariat

Parvis is a German-born Iranian who is doing the things that young, gay men get up to: clubbing, online hook-ups and avoiding responsibility.

But his life is turned upside down when he’s charged with shoplifting and meets some Iranian refugees as part of his community service.

FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO - Directed by Daniel G Karslake

The description for this powerful documentary may not seem like an instant crowd-pleaser but the account of how religion affected four families with trans and gay kids is astonishing.

It also gets to the heart of how little things really matter, focusing on the fragility of human lives and the power of love.

MEMORIES OF A TEENAGER - Directed by Lucas Santa Ana


A beautiful and spirited evocation of the fragility of adolescent desires starring Renato Quattordio as teenage blogger Zabo.

Angst, betrayal, self-discovery and deep emotions compete for our hero’s attention as he struggles to lose his virginity. And when he does, life doesn’t get much easier. 

SUK SUK - Directed by Ray Yeung

Nominated for a Golden Horse Award as best fi lm at the Taipei Film Festival, this is a gentle and utterly compelling story of two older, closeted gay men.

Pak and Hoi are both married and have families, but find each other — and romance — in later life: one is 70, the other 65. It’s a rare portrait of older gay men and the reality of their lives

ASK ANY BUDDY - Directed by Evan Purchell

It always feels like people had more fun before you came along.

This occasionally hardcore nostalgia fest of a fi lm is a brilliant editing together of 125 gay porn fi lms shot between 1968 and 1986.

There are many pleasures to be had in this celebration of cruising, masculinity and unbridled desire: an aesthetic, erotic and historic delight.

Tickets are available now. Those who are 25 and under will be able to buy tickets on the door for just £3.

BFI Flare runs from March 18 to 29 at BFI Southbank and visit here for full details and ticketing information.

Watch the trailer for the festival below: