The BFI London Film Festival has started and us here at want to highlight the LGBT films that will be shown during the festival. It’s best to book earlier rather than later as some of these films will surely be sold out.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

At the end of the eighteenth century Marianne, a young painter, is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman to be used to elicit marriage proposals. Knowing that the woman, Héloïse, has previously refused to sit for portraits as she does not want to be married, Marianne disguises herself as a lady’s maid in order to gain her subject’s trust only to find herself inadvertently falling in love with her. Starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel.

And Then we Danced

Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire in this film that is a Swedish-Georgian production. 

Death Will Come

Two women are face-to-face with mortality when one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Refusing treatment, they move to a small house in the woods where they rediscover a love lost to routine; all the while death waits outside the cabin’s walls. This Chilean stars Julieta Figueroa and Amparo Noguera. 

End of the Century

Two men meet in Barcelona and after spending a day together they realize that they have already met twenty years ago. From Argentina, and with male frontal nudity we are told. 

Matthias & Maxime (pictured above)

A kiss between two childhood friends has dramatic repercussions in the eighth film from Xavier Dolan. He also stars – with his character having an ugly scar on his face.

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Walking with Shadows 

A man has to come to terms with his dark secret and choose between keeping his family or accepting a life of possible loneliness and rejection. Made in Nigeria.

This is not Berlin

In the 1980s, an outsider gets invited to a mythical nightclub where he’s unleashed to punk, sexual liberty and drugs. This Mexican film has yet to have a UK release date. 

Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections

A documentary on Yves Saint-Laurent and the legendary fashion designer’s final show.

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

A documentary about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS, and overall wild man who died at the young age of 37. 

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About the author: Tim Baros
Tim Baros writes film and theatre articles/ reviews for Pride Life and The American magazines and websites, as well as for, and He has also written for In Touch and TNT Magazines, and He is a voting member for the UK Regional Critics Circle and the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA – of which he is the UK representative). In addition, he has produced and directed two films: The Shirt and Rex Melville Desire: The Musical.