BFI Flare 2018 reviews

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF), Flare is the biggest LGBTQ+ film festival in Europe.

Reviews by Petit Printemps

THE SERMON

THE SERMON
by Dean PUCKETT
A young woman’s secret rocks an isolated church community in this disturbing folk horror tale.
* ENGLISH – LGBT – UNITED KINGDOM – 11 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

I would consider this a horror short, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted folks.

A religious extremist community hunts down and catches the lesbian in town who ‘tricks’ and sleeps with their ‘children’, beats them, ties them to a cross while everyone in the city throw apples at her. It turns out, one of these kids addresses this brutal treatment her own way, with a well-planned revenge…

OUTLINES

OUTLINES
by Ellie ROGERS
A teenage girl forges an unexpected friendship with her father’s hired escort.
* ENGLISH – LGBT – UNITED KINGDOM – 16 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

When this teenage girl comes home, she finds a pile of cash on the table. A little strange at first, until a pretty women walks into the living room. Her widowed father had hired an escort. Resentful at first, she starts asking her questions and they slowly form a bond.

The teenage girl has a crush on a pizza delivery girl, and the woman’s normal reactions to a crush puts her at ease. The night ends with the woman giving her a piercing and as she leaves, we realize how no one has the right to ever judge someone based on their life choices, and most importantly to never generalize as every individual is different and has their own unique story to tell.

MISSED CONCEPTIONS

MISSED CONCEPTIONS
by Ruby PARKER-HARBORD

In the early 1990s, two women attempt to start a family together.

* ENGLISH – LGBT – UNITED KINGDOM – 16 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

The short starts with a lesbian couple asking a friend for sperm in order to get pregnant, which he refuses, so they turn to an ad in the newspaper (today’s craigslist). As expected, they get few funny ‘applicants’ coming around, asking for money, or wanting to have sex (even when the ad says LESBIANS!). Finally, they find a nice lad and the process begins.

This isn’t an easy process for anyone or any couple, especially when trying to do it yourself at home with a turkey baster!! So when it doesn’t work after months of trying, the couple starts falling apart. Insecurities and fears all resurface… the doctor makes it clear that NHS won’t support them for IVF as they can’t provide the “need of a father” as it’s not in the “best interest” of the child.

With all these challenges back in the 90s, this couple are still determined, until life throws them yet another curve ball…

It really is heart breaking to see couples that have so much love to give, go without children while there are so many kids being raised in foster homes around the world who can only dream of having a glimpse of that love in their lives.

The best part of this short is that IT’S A TRUE STORY! With real clips and photos at the end.