BFI Flare 2019

Knife + Heart (Review)

Knife and Heart is a truly unique, beautifully structured and gloriously queer mash up of genres and themes. With cutting humour, engaging performances and a killer design, this is a darkly delicious piece of fantasy/horror that wears its queer colours with pride.
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Making Montgomery Clift – A fresh perspective on the life of a Hollywood giant

On the 23rd July, 1966 Montgomery Clift died of heart failure at his New York apartment aged 45. Leaving behind a legacy of world-class film and theatre that pushed the boundaries of masculinity on screen. In the years following Clift’s death, a picture was painted of a man struggling with his sexuality, drink and drugs; a tragic character who never …

Giant Little Ones (Review)

High school coming out movies are a staple of LGBTQ cinema. Creating a challenge for new films in offering audiences themes and topics not already covered in a wide collection of films already within the genre. However, with ‘Giant Little Ones’ director Keith Behrman brings us a fresh twist on the genre while maintaining a high school movie aesthetic. Franky …

Socrates – A stunning and compelling journey into grief, loss and identity

This review was originally posted in March 2019 but has since been updated to reflect the release of Socrates nationwide in September 2020. Alexandre Moratto’s debut feature Socrates is nothing short of stunning and compelling. A journey into grief and loss that dovetails with self-discovery and identity. The backdrop of emerging sexuality and survival in São Paulo defying the usual stereotypes of …

Nevrland (Review)

Gregor Schmidinger’s debut feature ‘Nevrland’ provides us with a complex and intoxicating mix of themes. Ranging from modern masculinity to mental health and sexuality. At the same time, taking us on a journey into adulthood, unlike anything else within the LGBTQ genre. In effect combining stark visual imagery and exceptional sound design in creating a film that wraps you in …

Last Ferry

The Thriller and horror genre often finds itself sidelined in LGBTQ filmmaking, its voice limited to low budget, low quality porn/horror films. However i recent years this has began to change with the sublime Stranger by the Lake, providing a deep dive into sex and psychological horror. Alongside Knife and Heart reimagining 70s slasher horror for a new queer generation. …