27th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

I Am Divine

The very popular BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival starts today, with a wide mix of movies by and about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

I am Divine is the opening night gala and is a documentary about Divine, the very famous cult icon made famous by starring in John Water's films.

Out in the Dark is another hot ticket and tells the story of two men who meet and fall in love, one Palestinian (a society not accepting of the homosexual lifestyle) and the other Israeli.

In the French Film Beyond the Walls, a drunken man struggling with his sexuality meets an Albanian barman as an unlikely coupling, which was a winner of the Critic's Week at Cannes.

The Comedian, a British film, stars Edward Hogg as a call centre worker who at night tries to become a stand up comic, but complicating his life is his relationship with a young black man.

I Do follows the premise of what could be a Hollywood film: A single (albeit gay) man takes on childcare duties for his niece, though this crimps his promiscuous lifestyle, and at the same time he needs to remain in the country and enters into a fake marriage with a woman.

Thick Relations is a film about the Chicago queer scene as a group of friends navigate the queer world and relationships where the central actors play characters based on themselves.

Facing Mirrors, a film from Iran, is about a woman who works as a taxi driver (which is forbidden), as well as another woman who is desperately trying to get a passport to go to Germany for gender reassignment surgery before her father marries her off to a man.

James Franco wrote and stars in what is the hottest ticket at the festival - Interior. Leather Bar. - which is inspired by the idea of recreating 40 minutes of footage missing from the film 1980's film Cruising, which is about the leather/fetish scene in the gay male community.

Mr. Angel is a documentary about the famous Buck Angel, who used to be a woman but is now a male porn star. Interviews with his family, original home movie footage and archive photos reveal the many transformations he has undertaken in his life.

Submerge's competitive swimmer, Jordan, tries to do it all, and falls for a teaching assistant who happens to be her professor's girlfriend.

Les Invisibles is a French documentary and goes on to show the older gay community and how they appear invisible to the younger gay community.

Recent Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary How to Survive a Plague is being shown in the UK for the first time at the festival. It tells the true story of NYC's gay community and its response to the AIDS crisis in the early 1980's. A must see.

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