BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘PS: Burn This Letter Please’ (2021) Rediscovers New York’s 50s Drag Pioneers

PS: Burn This Letter Please goes beyond the chronological scope of the letters, providing measured glimpses of New York’s queer history.

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Tove’ (2021) Lesbian Artists and Gay Moomins

“Alma Pöysti’s terrific performance as Tove, where her quiet affinity feels seismic, is effervescent.” Zaida Bergroth’s stunning biopic charmingly centres on artist and writer Tove Jansson’s (Alma Pöysti) bohemian life. Tove is a stylish period biography that gives a whole new perspective to the Moomins. Exuberantly visual in its charting of the artists’ life, Tove…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Rebel Dykes’ (2021) A Wonderfully Focused Lesbian Self-Documentation

In Rebel Dykes, directors Harri Shanahan and Siân Williams stitch together a patchwork of home video, cartoon animation and talking heads, in a reflection on London’s 1980s lesbian communities.

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘My Fiona’ (2020) Is A Heartfelt Look at Love And Loss.

Kelly Walker’s directorial debut plots Jane’s mourning for Fiona as she tries to find peace and space beside Fiona’s wife, Gemma (Corbin Reid), and Fiona’s seven-year-old son, Bailey (Elohim Nycalove).

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Pride & Protest’ (2020) Proudly Voicing Activism

“With all due respect, you don’t get to decide who is homophobic or not,” states Ferhan Kahn, a queer Muslim activist, who very calmly provides a counter to an anti-LGBTQ protest outside a Birmingham primary school.

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Greta’ (2019) Director Praca is Poised To Emerge as a Breakout Success

After three Oscar nominations and over 30 prominent film roles, the quote most often attributed to actress Greta Garbo is her iconic Grand Hotel retort: “I want to be alone.” The star later clarified in an interview, “I only said I want to be left alone. There’s a difference.” In the northeastern Brazilian town of…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Tucked’ (2019) is a Reminder That Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Faith

A reminder that “everyone needs a little bit of Faith.” There may not be a more wonderful way to start a film than the iconic first notes of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ Tucked immediately shows Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) commanding the stage in a sky-high wig and stunning frock miming to the song. Jackie is…

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