Ten uplifting and powerful tales recount the lives of everyday heroes with no special powers except striving for their own identities whether they are gay, bi or transgender, fighting for the right to be themselves.
This selection of short films compiled by Peccadillo Pictures includes the powerful docudrama The Colour Of His Hair starring Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country), the breathtaking Egyptian animation Half A Life, and Iris Prize 2017 winner, Mother Knows Best.
Girls on Film 3: Goddesses
Anthology 2018 111 mins Director: Karishma Dev Dube
Eight more award-winning short films from around the world, exploring female desire, empowerment and the realities of being a woman, a lesbian and a feminist in the modern world.
Girls on Film 2: Before Dawn
Anthology 2017 111 mins Director: Lorelei Pepi
An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Boys on Film 16: Possession
Anthology 2017 125 mins Director: Kai Stänicke
Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.
Which Side Are You On? Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984
Documentary 1985 54 mins Director: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s documentary focuses on the 1984 Miner’s Strike, capturing a range of complicated emotions, situations, and circumstances.
Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film
Anthology 2016 63 mins
This celebration of silent Shakespeare interweaves a delightful selection of thrilling, iconic and humorous scenes from 24 newly digitised films.
From Acorn to Oak
Anthology 1938 5 mins Director: Montgomery Tully
A birthday card in film form, celebrating 50 years of the Dunlop pneumatic tyre.
BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival Presents
Drama 2012 90 mins Director: Laurie Colbert
When a cash-strapped yuppie couple fire their teenage daughter’s nanny they set of a chain of unexpected events.
Comedy 2014 120 mins Director: Matthew Warchus
The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.
Drama 2015 88 mins Director: Sean Baker
A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.
The Girl King
Historical drama 2015 106 mins Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.
Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn
Documentary 2014 96 mins Director: Ethan Reid
The journey of a true English eccentric, from his 1960s experiments with gay erotica to a reappraisal 40 years later as an LGBT pioneer.
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Documentary 2016 109 mins Director: Fenton Bailey
An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Drama 2017 102 mins Director: Simon Hunter
Sheila Hancock is tremendous as a widow who sets out to scale a Scottish mountain, in this gorgeously photographed paean to late-life adventure.
On Chesil Beach
Drama 2017 110 mins Director: Dominic Cooke
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play a young, married couple struggling to physically connect in this sensitive adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel.
Drama 2017 98 mins Director: Carla Simón
An outstanding debut feature charting the emotional journey of a six-year old girl in the aftermath of her mother’s death in early 1990s Spain.
Thriller 2017 96 mins Director: Felix Randau
Revenge is served ice-cold in this visceral thriller, in which a neolithic hunter seeks vengeance against those who decimated his tribe.
Drama 2017 95 mins Director: Dan Kokotajlo
A deeply religious family must decide whether to stick by their relation or abandon her, in this striking debut from Daniel Kokotajlo - a prizewinner at BFI London Film Festival 2017.
Drama 2017 114 mins Director: Anne Fontaine
A young gay man (Finnegan Oldfield ) flourishes under the tutelage of Isabelle Huppert's drama teacher, in this stirring drama from director Anne Fontaine (The Innocents).