Flare Films: UK LGBT shorts
In collaboration with BFI Flare, this is a programme of recent shorts from the UK. It follows the success of the British Council and BFI’s FiveFilms4Freedom online project, through which, this year, people in 179 countries watched films from BFI Flare, with 1.57 million views.
Seoul Pride Film Festival devoted a special section of their programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights and a theme that resonates in Korea.
The 50LGBT strand includes Against the Law, a powerful factual drama about Peter Wildeblood, a gay journalist whose conviction in 1954 led to an inquiry resulting in the Wolfenden Report, to which Wildeblood gave evidence, and which in 1957 recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their ‘condition’.
We also screen:
|Sunday, Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971)|
|My Beautiful Launderette (Stephen Frears, 1985)|
|Edward II (Derek Jarman, 1991)|
|Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)|
|Love is the Devil (John Maybury, 1998)|
We are very pleased that Brian Robinson, a senior programmer of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, who also had worked at the British Film Institute for over 17 years, attend the festival.
Brian Robinson was born in Northern Ireland and studied Law at Sussex University where he set up a gay film society. He has worked variously in local government, tourist information and as a tour guide in Europe. He was a founder member of radical queer quarterly Square Peg magazine (1982 - 1991) and joined the British Film Institute as a press officer in 1987 where he has been employed until this year. In a parallel career he has programmed film seasons, hosted events and on-stage interviews at BFI Southbank such as Leslie Caron, William Klein, Julie Andrews and Mike Leigh. He has also been a programmer of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (formerly London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) since 2000. He has written on gay cinema for Sight & Sound magazine, Capital Gay, Square Peg and The Guardian and regularly been interviewed for radio and television. He produced and researched the BFI DVD of Pink Narcissus. He has participated as a jury member in the Berlin Film Festival’s TEDDY Award, Cannes Film Festival’s Queer Palm and San Francisco’s Frameline festival. Brian Robinson has lectured on Widescreen cinema, Quentin Crisp, Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde, silent queer film (1897 - 1929) and the ground-breaking film Victim (1961).