No time for a full length Blockbuster? Why not try one of these LGBTQ+ Short Films

There’s no doubt that the LGBTQ+ creative community have long been in a drought for genuinely enjoyable, well-crafted cinema. Whilst the occasional blockbuster will come along and knock it out of the park – Brokeback Mountain, Moonlight, Carol – convincing LGBTQ+ characters and storylines are significantly lacking in consistency. Eager for a splash of new talent, Raid Randall looked at 5 short films that premiered at BFI Flare’s annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

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REVIEW: ‘Upstairs Inferno’ Remembers the Long Forgotten Largest Gay Mass Murder in US History

On June 24th 1973, as Queer people across the city and members of the local LGBT+ affirming church all celebrated the last day of the Gay Pride weekend, the Upstairs Lounge bar was set ablaze, taking 32 lives, including two clergy, and severely injuring many others. Additionally, one third of the LGBT+ affirming church, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), was also destroyed.

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The UK Drag Scene is Finally Getting the Recognition it Deserves

Drag culture has been exposed to the masses like never before in history. Nevertheless, the last thing the little seaside tourist town of Folkestone expected was for 22 Drag Queens, from across the UK, and hundreds of drag fans, to flock to their streets for the 1st Miss Drag UK Pageant.

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REVIEW: Alejandro Andrade Pease’s Visually Stunning debut, ‘Seeds’

Seeds was the official pick of the Rome Film Festival in 2017 and won Pease the Best International Director award in Films Infest festival in 2019. If you enjoy films that deviate from the usual narrative choices then this film is worth watching. It is not perfect, but it is enjoyable. Your 88 minutes will be well spent.

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