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BFI Flare: London’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival announces opening, closing and centrepiece films

The annual LGBTQ film festival will arrive in London from March 18 to 29

By Steve Brown

Words: Steve Brown

This year’s BFI Flare: London’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival is set to kick off in just over a month and we eagerly await for the full programme.

But to whet our appetites, the BFI have announced the Headline Galas and Centrepiece Screenings and we cannot wait to see them.

This year there will be two first time features, a world premiere and as well as exploring transgender representation in TV and film.

Kicking off on March 18 with the world premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s drama Cicada and is set in New York City in 2013 during the height of the Sandusky trial.

We follow the meeting and relationship of Ben (Fifer) and Sam (Sheldon D Brown).

On March 26, Sam Feder’s documentary on transgender representation on TV will be screened as this year’s centrepiece.

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen reveals how Hollywood reflects and manufactures anxieties about gender and features the likes of Laverne Cox, Yance Ford and Chaz Bono.

The festival will close on March 28 with a screening of Jessica Swale’s feature debut Summerland.

Set in Kent during the 1940s, Summerland stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a young evacuee who arrives at the home of Alice (Gemma Arterton).

BFI Flare runs from March 18 to 29 at BFI Southbank with full details and ticketing information available from February 19.