Happy Day 1 of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival!

The 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, which launches today (Wednesday 17th March 2021), is thrilled to announce a new Screen Talk with stage, film and television actor Russell Tovey and, as part of BFI Flare’s The Makers series, conversations with award-winning filmmaker, journalist and author David France (Welcome to Chechnya) and writer-producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (Blue Story). All of the special events will be available for free for audience to access internationally via BFI YouTube and BFI Flare Facebook channels.

The 12-day event, which brings the best new LGBTIQ+ cinema from around the world via BFI Player to UK-wide audiences will also feature discussions with the directors and BFI Flare programmers for the films WELL ROUNDED and REBEL DYKES, both screening at the Festival. BFI Film Academy will also return with events for young creatives and the BFI Flare community can indulge in their love of trivia and music as the popular Big Gay Film Quiz is back and BFI Flare FM will keep everyone moving to the beats of their favourite BFI Flare dance party DJs over on the BFI’s Spotify page. Tickets for the feature films can be purchased via bfi.org.uk/flare.



BFI Flare Screen Talks offer a series of in-depth interviews with leaders in contemporary cinema.

Screen Talk – Russell Tovey

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Credit: Jason Dimmock

We are delighted to welcome Russell to BFI Flare to discuss his stage and screen career. First coming to prominence as Rudge in the National Theatre’s production of The History Boys, along with its subsequent film adaptation, over the last 15 years Russell Tovey has been celebrated for an impressive variety of performances. They include his comic turn in anti-romantic comedy Him & Her, a charmer of a werewolf in Being Human and a husband with a dark secret in ITV’s The Sister.

Tovey has also featured in Dr Who and Sherlock, and has played an array of gay/queer characters, from roles in CIA thriller Quantico, relationship drama Looking and BFI Flare 2016 Opening Night Film The Pass featuring Tovey as a troubled footballer to Russell T Davies’ dystopian family drama Years And Years, con-man caper The Good Liar and the National Theatre’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.


The Makers is a series of conversations offering audiences the opportunity to learn more about key industry figures that have made an important contribution to LGBTIQ+ cinema and television.


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Producer and writer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor joins BFI CEO Ben Roberts to talk about her journey from learning her trade on ‘no-budget’ features M.L.E. (2015) and White Colour Black (2016) to the success of the highly acclaimed feature Blue Story (2019), for which she received a Breakthrough Producer BIFA nomination. She will also talk about the formation of her production company Joi Productions, which was awarded a BFI Vision Award in 2020.