LGBTQ+ History Month
This time of year, we’re usually gearing up to launch our annual LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations. Each year we programme a season of films exploring the history of LGBTQ+ representation and showcase incredible films that haven’t always been given the spotlight they deserve. Though we aren’t open to share a big screen programme with you, we’ll still be highlighting some fantastic films you can watch from home.
To rent on BFI Player
BFI Player has a wealth of films available to rent, rather than
signing up to a subscription. Most films I mention here are available for £3.50
and are films we have screened and loved over the past couple of years.
This effervescent Kenyan coming of age drama is bold and bright and a genuine delight to watch. It’s an exploration of the fizz of first love, and in 2018 we built our LGBTQ+ History Month programme around its release.
Written and directed by Simon Amstell, Benjamin is a semi-autobiographical, bittersweet comedy about an off-beat young man struggling to make connections.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Set in America in 1993, this film follows a teenage girl sent to a Christian conversion camp, after being caught kissing another girl. A poignant film that handles its subject matter with smart wit and buckets of heart.
On BFI Player Subscription
If you have a subscription to BFI Player, there are some great
films that you’ll already have free access to. A subscription costs £4.99 per
month, but you will also get a one-month extension to the 14-day free trial if
you support the Showroom by signing up to our paid membership scheme.
Shot on location in Nottingham, this is a deliciously romantic drama about two men that meet on a Friday night and spend the weekend together. Refreshingly soft and gentle, it’s something to be swept away by.
This powerful film from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), follows a young girl who moves to a new town. After being mistaken for a boy, she decides to explore a summer-long reinvention. A charming and nuanced exploration of childhood, self-acceptance and gender identity.
Young Soul Rebels
Directed by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, Young Soul Rebels is a stylish thriller come gay-love-story set in London in 1977. It paints a rich, engrossing picture of the era, as we are thrown into the world of two pirate radio DJs.
This article first featured in the Sheffield Telegraph on Thursday 4 February 2021.