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FROM THE BFI FLARE PROGRAMMERS
The subjective concept of family is a recurring theme
throughout this year’s programme. Our Centrepiece
world premiere of Jason Barker’s heartfelt documentary
A Deal with the Universe charts an emotional journey
to conceive. In Jules Rosskam’s Paternal Rites, familial
secrets and lies are brought painfully to the surface,
while Belgian documentary F.A.M.I.L.Y gives voice to the
children of same sex parents. Shorts programme Trans
Family Matters explores the families we were born into and
those we create for ourselves. In fact, whether directly or
indirectly, the wide-ranging notion of family can be traced in
almost all of this year’s films.
And what is the Festival itself, if not one big family?
For a couple of glorious weeks each spring, our talented
filmmakers, loyal audiences and dedicated staff all come
together to create something extraordinary and powerful.
And like families, we challenge each other, provoke each
other and, perhaps most importantly, inspire each other.
We feel privileged to call each and every one of you
reading this family, no matter how you should choose
to interpret that word. And as always, we show our love
by bringing you the best in global contemporary queer
cinema. We will be showcasing works by and about queer
D/deaf and disabled people. We will be exploring QTIPOC
representation on film with our very special free event Rise,
as well as reflecting on the rich history of AIDS on screen
in a series of special screenings and events. Also, we are
thrilled to collaborate with the British Council once again
for the worldwide initiative #fiveFilms4freedom. And that’s
just the beginning.
See you in March for a good old family gathering.
Jay Bernard, Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton,
Brian Robinson, Emma Smart, Festival Programmers
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FROM THE BFI
It’s always a pleasure to reflect on the vibrancy of the
BFI Flare community; during the Festival, BFI Southbank
bursts with a thrilling diversity of people, buzzing in and out
of screenings and engaging in programmes in every nook
of the building. With this year’s artwork, we tap into the
creativity and energy of our BFI Flare family. We’ve worked
with design company Studio Moross, who have called on
you – our artists and thinkers – to contribute to a fanzine
which will be freely available at the Festival. It’s that spirit
which can be seen in our ‘zine-inspired Festival cover.
In these pages, you’ll find a corresponding vivacity to the
programme – a spring in our collective filmmaking step after
a great year for LGBTQ+ cinema, notably the UK’s own
God’s Own Country. Directed by Francis Lee, it’s wowed
audiences (global box office is well over US$1.5million)
and nabbed two well-deserved BAFTA nominations.
2018 is already shaping up to be a good year: Wash
Westmoreland’s Colette had critical thumbs up and strong
sales at Sundance Film Festival, while UK-based Parkville
Pictures won the Grand Jury Prize for Desiree Akhavan’s
The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
Colette and God’s Own Country demonstrate BFI Film Fund
investment in talent, along with two British films receiving
world premieres at BFI Flare: Steve McLean’s Postcards
from London and Jason Barker’s A Deal with the Universe.
After a third year of the BFI Flare Mentorship programme
(run with BFI Network and BAFTA) also completed, we can
confidently say that the future looks bright for LGBTQ+
filmmaking. Former BFI Flare mentee Harry Lighton screens
his new short, the BAFTA-Nominated Wren Boys, while
fellow mentee Amrou Al-Kadhi joins us with two short films.
The vitality of the Festival is also reflected in our partnerships
and we’re thrilled to welcome Pureland Foundation as
the Main Supporter.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals, Artistic Director
Amanda Nevill, BFI Chief Executive