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March 21, 2015

An exercise in internalized homophobia or finding an authentic identity? The jury is out on David Thorpe's documentary.

I think that Do I Sound Gay? caught me just at the wrong moment.

Writer/director David Thorpe seemed excited to be presenting the European premiere of this documentary at the BFI Flare festival in London, and it was a full-house at the British Film Institute screening on the Southbank.

Thorpe described the inspiration for this documentary as being his 'gay mid-life crisis', finding himself single and the 'wrong side of forty', Thorpe began to question his identity and in particular hating the way that his voice sounded.

March 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

December 16, 2013

British actors got the shock of their lives when they were asked to read out some erotic literature at a preview screening of season three

Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read out gay erotic fan fiction based on their characters yesterday (15 December).

The British actors got the shock of their lives when they were given their scripts at the British Film Institute panel where the first episode of season three was previewed.

Panel host and feminist columnist Caitlin Moran surprised the bromance twosome.

As cameras were forbidden from the preview, there is no video of the dramatic reading.

March 18, 2013

The 1959 ITV play South will be aired during the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival

Possibly the first ever gay drama has been unearthed by the British Film Institute and will be screened on 23 and 24 March.

Airing at the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival, the 1959 ITV play ‘South’ follows an exiled Polish lieutenant facing up to his demons just before the American Civil War.

Unearthed for the BFI by researcher Peter Scott-Presland, curator Simon McCallum says the drama ‘is a milestone’ in cultural history.

March 18, 2013

The 1959 ITV play South will be aired during the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival

Possibly the first ever gay drama has been unearthed by the British Film Institute and will be screened on 23 and 24 March.

Airing at the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival, the 1959 ITV play ‘South’ follows an exiled Polish lieutenant facing up to his demons just before the American Civil War.

Unearthed for the BFI by researcher Peter Scott-Presland, curator Simon McCallum says the drama ‘is a milestone’ in cultural history.

December 26, 2012

BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival returns to the UK capital’s Southbank for 11 days of international queer cinema

London’s annual gay film festival will return this spring with 11 days of the best in queer cinema from around the world.

From 14 March to 24 March 2013, the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will take over the BFI Southbank cinema in the UK capital.

As well as the reliably glamorous opening and closing night special screenings, film fans will be able to enjoy sponsored galas and a full supporting program of special on-stage events, weekend late bars, DJs and a new BFI Mediatheque collection.

July 11, 2012

The life of the popular gay British drag act is to be dramatized in a new film

The life of Britain's late great drag star Danny La Rue will be adapted into a film, examining his rise to fame and ‘complex’ personal life.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has approved a screenplay written by Martyn Hesford, creator of the biopic of 'Carry On' film star Kenneth Williams, reported BBC News.

April 2, 2012

This week Baylen throws his back out, Amy causes a Twitter storm, and Lucio discovers his true calling as a nurse. 

HomoLAB are back at the British Film Institute for the finale of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, talking to programmer Brian Robinson and film maker Charles Lum about how this year's festival went.

Also gay music video marriage proposal, gay dolphins, and why this year's Olympics will be the gayest ever!

February 27, 2012

The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, comedian Rosie Wilby and sausage rolls are on the menu for HomoLAB

This week’s HomoLAB was recorded live from the 26th British Film Institute London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival press launch with interviews from festival programmers Nazmia Jamal and Brian Robinson.

With interruptions from comedian, performer, writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby the team also talk about sausage rolls and the need for more pink champagne. Plus news from Gay Star News.