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Festival guests

Filmmakers are the lifeblood of the Festival and we are delighted to welcome our filmmaker guests to attend screenings for introductions and/or Q&A sessions with the audience.

Below is a list filmmakers and guests we are expecting to welcome to BFI Flare. Filmmaker schedules are subject to change, and not all of our guests are able to attend every performance of their film. As a result, we can’t guarantee that they will be present for a particular screening. Whichever screening you attend we hope you enjoy the Flare experience, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, this rousing, heartbreaking celebration of political activism is a modern queer classic.
Director-Screenwriter Robin Campillo is expected to attend the festival.

The 34th
An emotional look at the struggle for marriage equality in Ireland.
Director Linda Cullen and subjects from the film, Grainne Healy and Katherine Zappone, are expected to attend the festival.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco
A compelling and colourful portrait of the bisexual illustrator who forever changed the fashion world.
Director James Crump is expected to attend the festival.

Awake
Chronically ill Anna is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytiser who invites herself in. Two blind actors. An existential comedy.
Director Michael Achtman is expected to attend the festival.

Becks
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.
Director-Screenwriter-Producer Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Composer Alyssa Robbins are expected to attend the festival.

Birds of a Feather
How do you explain your body’s strange transformations to your lover?
Director Dann Parry is expected to attend the festival.

Blood Out of a Stone
A young man is forced out of his comfort zone when he goes on an unconventional date.
Director Ben Allen is expected to attend the festival.

The Carmilla Movie
Everyone’s favourite lesbian vampire is back, in a feature length sequel to the hit web series. And this time around the stakes are much higher.
Actor Natasha Negovanlis is expected to attend the festival.

Charlie
Blurred lines of friendship and an easy intimacy make Sasha think best friend Charlie is the one.
Director Lesley Johnson is expected to attend the festival.

Conversations with Gay Elders
A fascinating conversation with a gay older man about his life before and after Stonewall.
Director-Producer David Weissman is expected to attend the festival.

A Deal with the Universe
The debut documentary from Jason Barker tells the inspiring tale of a very different kind of pregnancy.
Director-screenwriter Jason Barker is expected to attend the festival.

Exhumation
The body, unearthed. The mind, unbalanced.
Director Daniel McIntyre is expected to attend the festival.

F.A.M.I.L.Y.
The children of same sex parents are given a voice in this engaging and charming documentary investigating the concept of family.
Director-Screenwriter Jessica Champeaux is expected to attend the festival.

The Feels
A surprise confession puts Andi and Lu’s wedding plans in jeopardy in this excellent ensemble comedy.
Director-Screenwriter Jenée LaMarque and Screenwriter-Actor Lauren Parks are expected to attend the festival.

Freak Show
A teen outcast at boarding school finds an unlikely ally in John Butler’s effortlessly charming tale of young friendship.
Director-Producer Trudie Styler is expected to attend the festival.

Goldfish
A young boy thinks his new goldfish is gay, much to the horror of his conservative father.
Director-Screenwriter Yorgos Angelopoulos is expected to attend the festival.

Handsome & Majestic
A moving documentary about a trans boy overcoming discrimination at high school.
Director-Producers Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot are expected to attend the festival.

The Happy Prince
This passion project from writer-director-star Rupert Everett depicts the final years in the life of renowned writer Oscar Wilde.
Director-Screenwriter-Actor Rupert Everett is expected to attend the festival.

In Our Flesh
After questionable behaviour in a surreal clubscape two people must come to terms with themselves.
Director Kit Dafoe is expected to attend the festival.

Landline
A beautiful short documentary about a helpline for gay farmers.
Director Matt Houghton is expected to attend the festival.

Love, Scott
A sensitive and richly moving portrait of a young man left paralysed after a homophobic attack.
Director-Screenwriter Laura Marie Wayne is expected to attend the festival.

Malila: The Farewell Flower
A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers becomes a meditation on love, life and the prospect of death.
Director-Screenwriter Anucha Boonyawatana is expected to attend the festival.

Marikas Missio
A deeply personal documentary about faith, the Catholic Church and one woman’s defiant stance against discrimination.
Director-Producer Michael Schmitt is expected to attend the festival.

Marilyn
A powerful and unflinching story of a young man’s fight against everyday homophobia and oppression in rural Argentina.
Director-Screenwriter-Producer Martín Rodríguez Redondo is expected to attend the festival.

Mario
A story of love and heart break, on and off the pitch, for two young football players.
Director-Co-writer Marcel Gisler and Actor Aaron Altaras are expected to attend the festival.

Martyr
The sudden death of a young man has a profound impact on those around him in this experiential contemplation of grief and loss.
Director-Screenwriter Mazen Khaled is expected to attend the festival.

Maurice
A sumptuous restoration of the 1987 adaptation of E M Forster’s gay novel.
Actors James Wilby and Hugh Grant are expected to attend the festival.

Montana
A compelling debut feature about a fearless young woman confronting old traumas and hidden truths in her childhood home.
Director-Screenwriter Limor Shmila is expected to attend the festival.

More Love. Less Pre-Packed Bullshit.
It is easy to overlook the simple extension of love to other people.
Director Neelu Bhuman is expected to attend the festival.

Mrs Sparkle
Walking to the shops one night, Matthew passes a doorway and is beckoned inside. But is it real or a dream?
Director Matthew Hellett is expected to attend the festival.

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.
Director Tali Shalom-Ezer and Screenwriter Joe Barton is expected to attend the festival.

My Own Private Hell
The dark and strange story of a sailor, a landlady, two gangsters and a rabbit.
Director-Screenwriter Guto Parente is expected to attend the festival.

Of Love & Law
Two gay lawyers living in Osaka pioneer the first LGBTQ+ law firm in Japan.
Director Hikaru Toda and Rokudenashiko, one of the film's subjects, are expected to attend the festival.

Our Way Back
When an older married man takes a young man on a secret visit to a spectacular desert rock formation, the scene is set for a blissful weekend spent roaming in nature.
Director-Screenwriter Moshe Rosenthal is expected to attend the festival.

Outlines
A teenage girl forges an unexpected friendship with her father’s hired escort.
Director Ellie Rogers is expected to attend the festival.

Paternal Rites
A filmmaker retraces the 1974 road trip undertaken by his parents in order to confront deep-seated family secrets.
Director-Screenwriter-Producer Jules Rosskam is expected to attend the festival.

Postcards From London
A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.
Director Steve McLean and Actors Harris Dickinson and Jonah Hauer-King are expected to attend the festival.

Pulse
After a series of humiliations, a young disabled man looking for love decides to transition – but not in the manner you’d expect.
Producer-Screenwriter-Actor Daniel Monks is expected to attend the festival.

The Rabbi
A student tentatively shares a secret with his Rabbi, with profound results for both men.
Director Uriya Hertz is expected to attend the festival.

The Red Tree
A fascinating experimental documentary about a little-known Italian prison camp for gay men during the Second World War, located on a remote island.
Director Paul Rowley is expected to attend the festival.

The Revival
A married preacher has an affair with a passing drifter in this bold and intense emotional drama.
Director Jennifer Gerber and Screenwriter Samuel Brett Williams are expected to attend the festival.

Rift
Shades of Don’t Look Now permeate this subtle Nordic chiller about two men haunted by an unseen presence.
Director-Screenwriter-Producer Erlingur Thoroddsen is expected to attend the festival.

Sidney & Friends
Candidly poignant accounts of intersex and trans life in Kenya.
Director-Producer Tristan Aitchison is expected to attend the festival.

Skai Blue
Simon, a gay refugee fleeing from homophobic abuse in Cameroon, meets Tom on a dating website in a small town in Belgium. Love can’t solve everything, but it’s a start.
Director Guido Verelst is expected to attend the festival.

Sleepover
After a trip to the cinema, Emil spends the night at his best friend Adam’s house.
Director Jimi Vall Peterson is expected to attend the festival.

Southern Pride
A timely documentary about two towns in Mississippi organising Pride events in Trump’s America.
Director-Producer Malcolm Ingram is expected to attend the festival.

Snapshots
Piper Laurie heads a superb cast in this elegant love story where the secrets of the past collide with the present in unexpected ways.
Actor Shannon Collis is expected to attend the festival.

Stumped
A comedian prevails over the loss of his limbs with humour and revolutionary medicine.
Director-Producer Robin Berghaus is expected to attend the festival.

Susanne Bartsch: On Top
A fantastic look at the fashionista and socialite who re-imagined the New York party scene in the 1980s.
Directors Anthony Caronna and Alexander Smith are expected to attend the festival.

These Are My Hands
Jo Clifford’s poetic meditation on her body.
Director Evi Tsiligaridou is expected to attend the festival.

They
Complications with hormone blockers means 14-year-old J must decide upon a path to take.
Actor Rhys Fehrenbacher is expected to attend the festival.

Thirst
After a random hook-up, a young man questions just what it is that he really wants.
Director-Screenwriter Eoin Maher is expected to attend the festival.

Tomorrow Never Knows
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a transgender person decides to undertake a conscious death.
Director Adam Sekuler and Cynthia Vitale, one of the film's subects, are expected to attend the festival.

Uncle David 2
A distinctive thrill-ride in the company of David Hoyle as Uncle David.
Director-Producer Gary Reich, Screenwriter-Actors David Hoyle and Archie Redford and Actor Matthew Daniels are expected to attend the festival.

Ursinho
A man known as Little Bear lives with his father in a run-down Rio slum, but everything changes when he gets a job with a rich older man and becomes obsessed with a Copacabana rent boy.
Director Stéphane Olijnyk is expected to attend the festival.

Vertical Lines
Two men share the painful truths behind their scars.
Director-Screenwriter-Actor Kyle Reaume is expected to attend the festival.

Wishin’ and Hopin’
Forever the bridesmaid but never the bride, Kate is finally ready to move on from her unrequited love.
Director Jacqueline Pepall is expected to attend the festival.


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