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Heartstone – Review

Where you might expect familiarity, Heartstone continually complicates and deepens its "innocence lost" narrative to tell a tale both fresh and universal. Expressive kinetic camerawork conveys boyish energy,...
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Signature Move – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Signature Move lies at the intersection of women’s wrestling, closeted homosexuality and the communities of Mexican and Pakistani diaspora in today’s Chicago. A portrait of people on the move, whether this...
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Political Animals – BFI Flare 2017 Review

After having identified the first four openly gay members of the California State legislature as women, Political Animals lacks much of an argument. At one point it problematically – divisively – suggests...
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Seat in Shadow – BFI Flare 2017 Review

When, in 2007, J.K. Rowling announced Dumbledore was gay, the internet duly responded (such as this stroke of genius: "While the anagram to ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle’ is ‘I am Lord Voldemort’, ‘Albus...
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Pushing Dead – BFI Flare 2017 Review

While Pushing Dead lacks a consistently engaging narrative, writer-director Tom E. Brown has created a bravely idiosyncratic tone and style that nevertheless demands attention. The most overt component of this...
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Free CeCe! – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Free CeCe! promises to be another excoriating exposé of the injustices of the American legal and prison systems, tackling an uninterrogated part of the story tracked in Ava DuVernay’s 13th by specifically...
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Our Love Story – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Rather than assuming the conventional didacticism that so often accompanies this type of LGBT cinema, Hyun-ju Lee politely steps back to watch her protagonists tentatively get together. With the deeply...
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Heartland – BFI Flare Review 2017

For a film named Heartland, Maureen Anderson’s debut can be pretty critical of the American Midwest. Beth Grant is saddled with the thankless negative stereotype of a traditionalist, homophobic mother, and...
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Torrey Pines – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Clyde Petersen’s autobiographical animated feature film is this year’s Centrepiece Screening at BFI Flare. A tale of queer prepubescence, Petersen articulates the fleeting memories of a cross-country road...
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After Louie – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Where countless films have collapsed inheritance between second-wave feminists and subsequent generations of women into platonic or familial intergenerational conflict, After Louie revitalises the motif in the...