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FilmYearRunning timeDescriptionLinkExpiry date?Access info
120 BPM20172hr23mDirector Robin Campillo draws on personal experience of gay activism in 1990s Paris to tell the story of anti-AIDS pressure group, ACT UP, as their campaign of direct action ramps up with English subtitles
198520181hr25mA closeted young man with AIDS goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family. English with English subtitles
A Bigger Splash19741hr44mSemi-fictionalized documentary biopic of British artist David Hockney. After a difficult break-up, Hockney is left unable to paint, much to the concern of his friends. English, no subtitles available
A Fantastic Woman20171hr44mSebastián Lelio's Oscar-winning drama starring Daniela Vega. A transgender woman becomes a suspect in her boyfriend's accidental death. Spanish with English subtitles
A Year in Transition20181hr10mTrans man and film maker Lorne Clarkson documents their friend Issa’s personal journey as a 20 year old Arab-American trans masculine person. A positive and charming insight into coming out, taking hormones, having top surgery, and finding solace in the trans community.
CN: discussion of surgery and misgendering English with English or French subtitles available
Aban + Khorshid201416mInspired by true events, Aban and Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution for being gay. Persian with English subtitles
Acid Soda201710mA love story between a mouse and a ballerina. English, no subtitles available
Alan Bennett's Diaries201659mInspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this documentary shows Alan Bennett as he has never been seen before. The film follows Bennett to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond the Fringe, to his community library in Primrose Hill which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a pizza restaurant, to the East Coast railway line, which he would like to see renationalised, and to the village in Yorkshire he calls home. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
All Out! Dancing in Dulais198623mThe original 1986 documentary which the film 'Pride' is based on. Radical queers at the time were involved with supporting the miners in the 1985/5 Miners’ strike and we in the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’ Group made a record of our involvement with a mining community in South Wales. English, no subtitles available
Alone With People201430mGrowing up gay in the US South, a high school girl seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in this coming-of-age story. English, no subtitles available
Anya Kneez: A Queen in Beirut201811mDrag artist Anya Kneez moves back home from New York To Beirut. English with English subtitles
Apart From Everything201720mAfter a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran returns home to Toronto. Struggling to live soberly for the first time in her adult life, she must face the emotional fallout of her disappearance and make amends with the girlfriend and the brother she left behind. English, no subtitles available
BalaclavaQVariousVariousMore than 60 queer artists films. Balaclava.Q is an international queer visual art project & collective that seeks to connect, promote and create platforms for queer artists. captions available
Balloon201916mIn the brutal battlefield of junior high, Sam has always tried to stay below radar. But all that changes when he discovers he has super powers. English with English or Spanish subtitles available
Barbara Hammer - A Selection of Films1968 onwards~1hr40mAs part of Company Gallery's "In Company With" series, a selection of films by Barbara Hammer will be available for viewing online. A suggested donation to Queer | Art, which helps organize the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Film Grant is encouraged. No Dialogue/ In English, no subtitles available
Battle of th Sexes20172hr1mThe true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Beat Goes On20199mBeat Goes On is an impressionistic portrait of the activist Keith Cylar (1958–2004), co-founder of Housing Works and a central figure in the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY. English with English subtitles
Beautiful By Night201429mA documentary following three older drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco's Tenderloin. With Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna.
Beautiful Thing19951hr 30mGlen Berry and Scott Neal star in Hettie MacDonald's coming-of-age/coming-out comedy-drama. Two outwardly very different teenage boys explore their mutual sexual attraction. English with English subtitles available
Bedding Andrew20145mShort doc about gay sex and disability. English, no subtitles available
Before Stonewall19841hr27mDocumentary history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. English with German subtitles. Autogenerate English captions available.
Behind Every Good Man19679mProduced several years before the historic Stonewall uprising for LGBT rights in 1969, director Nikolai Ursin's gently-activist short provides an illuminating glimpse into the life of an African-American trans woman. English, no subtitles available
Behind the Candelabra20131hr 51mIntroduced into the inner circle of supreme showman Liberace, young Scott is flattered and the pair become lovers. However, despite early efforts to please, Scott's position proves precarious, and his insecurities strain the relationship. Multi-award-winning drama, based on the memoir by Scott Thorson, from acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available
Believer20181hr33mBeliever follows Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman Dan Reynolds on a new, personal, mission to explore how The Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members. With the suicide rate rising amongst teens in the church’s home state of Utah, his concern with the church’s teachings forbidding same-sex sexual behaviour sends him on path of acceptance and change. Believer follows Dan and openly gay ex-Mormon and lead singer of Neon Trees, Tyler Glenn, as they create LoveLoud, a festival they hope will reconcile the church and members of the LGBTQ community. English with English subtitles available
Beyond “There’s always a black issue Dear"201835mThe film explores and celebrates black LGBT identities. Demarcating the particular influence that Black LGBT culture has had upon Fashion, Fine art, Dance, Music and Language, much of which has been appropriated by the cultural mainstream. The cast vividly recall daring to be different. Ballet dancing boys, and make-up wearing, gender-fluid school days, are described with humour and honesty. Their experiences shed new light on the UK in the 1970s/80s. Creating their own identities in a time when, ‘if you were black you could be either Reggae or Soul’, these are the untold stories where 1970s, Soul, Disco, Punks and Blitz Kids met in underground clubs, like The Four Aces in Dalston and Crackers in Soho. Beyond captures a vital historical period, moving through the 70s, 80s and early 90s into the explosion of queer culture at Taboo. English, no subtitles available
Being Marcus201928mObservational documentary, providing an honest insight into the experiences of a Deaf trans man. BSL and English with English subtitles available
BFI FlareDue to cancellation Flare have put their programme online which can be watched for free if you sign up for a 14 day trial version of BFI Player OR free for 7 days with Amazon Prime.
Bloodsisters19951hr9mFrom pushy bottoms to macho femmes, Bloodsisters is an A-Z documentary guide that takes an in-depth look at the San Francisco Leatherdyke scene during the mid-nineties.
For the 25 year anniversary of Michelle Handelman's ground-breaking documentary the London BFI Flare 2020 Festival programmer Jay Bernard organized a post-screening panel called BODILY AUTONOMY to discuss the significance of Bloodsisters 25 years on–and current consent laws that restrict queer sexualities and subcultures. Link includes the original film plus interviews. English, no subtitles available
Brace201525mAfter coming out and leaving his girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London's gay scene.
His burgeoning freedom is soon challenged when he meets Rocky, a handsome stranger who is harboring a secret that he desperately wants to share with Adam.
As their bond strengthens and Rocky prepares to reveal his secret to Adam, their fledgling romance is ruptured by a cataclysmic event that forces the truth to come out in the most explosive manner. CN: transphobia, violence English, no subtitles available
Burton Before And After201815mShown at LQFF 2018. Burton Before and After is an intimate portrait of transition, memory, and friendship. English with English subtitles
By Hook or by Crook20011hr 38mBy Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. Silas Howard plays Shy (a transgender man), who leaves his small town after the death of his father, and heads to the big city to live a life of crime. Along the way, he encounters Valentine, a quirky adoptee, in search of his birth mother. An immediate kinship is sparked between these men and they become partners in crime. Suffering money troubles, emotional problems, and physical confrontations, the duo face their issues head on and learn to trust each other and support each other in pursuit of their goals. English, no subtitles available
Call Me By Your Name20172hr 12mOscar winning romantic drama following the coming-of-age of a cultured teenager as he develops feelings for a male graduate during a languorous 1980s Italian summer English with English subtitles
Catherine Opie201915mCatherine Opie shares the emotional and political motivations for her provocative and influential photography. English, no subtitles available
Cecil And Carl201615mPrevious LQFF Audience Award winner. Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and admitted to a nursing home. Not about grand gestures of love or being gay, this story focuses on commitment and the duties that come with it. English with English subtitles available
Chelsea Girls19663hr14mLacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen. English, no subtitles available
Chocolate Babies19961hr23mThe first major production from Stephen Winter, a perpetual upender of queer cinema, Chocolate Babies is an outlandish, effervescent portrait of queer New Yorkers at the height of the AIDS crisis. For all its rip-roaring flair, the film’s emotional core still packs a tender wallop. English, no subtitles available
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Clouds of Sils Maria20142hr4mAn established fortysomething actress is asked to perform in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. Stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz 😍 English, French and German with English subtitles.
Curtain Down201715mA love story that takes a surreal but tender look at gender, identity and ageing as our hero is forced to choose between career and love. English, no subtitles available
Danny Didn't Feel Like Himself Anymore20185mAnimation. Danny doesn't fit in the box they've been put in. dialogue
Danny's Parade200715mIf you are fourteen years old - and gay - life can be boring. It drives Danny Hoekzema from Bovenkarspel up the wall. Many of his friends are still in the closet and meeting someone in a pub is out of the question. So Danny, who no longer makes his sexual inclination a secret, bends things to his own will. He plans to participate in the annual gay event in Amsterdam, the Canal Parade. For this purpose, he arranges a gay boat for teenagers. with English subtitles
Deep in Vogue20191hr1mDeep In Vogue celebrates the colourful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern Vogue and its people. Synonymous with the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York this documentary asks why we need Vogue in the UK now more than ever. English with English subtitles
Dirty Computer201848mDirty Computer - an emotion picture by Janelle Monáe.
An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs. English with English subtitles available
Disobedience20181hr 48mA woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. English and Hebrew with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Dottie Gets Spanked199330mEarly Todd Haynes short film. An artistic six-year-old boy in 1960s America is obsessed with The Dottie Show. His father is concerned about the show's sexual influence, especially the boy's fascination with a spanking scene. English, auto-generated subtitles available.
Double Lucky201825mChildren of gay parents talk about growing up, fitting in, coming out, and how their "normal" differed from their peers. Dutch with English subtitles
Draft Day20139mIn Thailand all males must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a card results in two years of military service. Draft Day follows two trans women as they participate in the drafting process. Thai with English subtitles.
Dragtime19971hr10mFeature documentary about the lives of NY drag artists Varla Jean Merman, Candis Cayne, Lady Bunny and Lypsinka. English, no subtitles available
Enraged by a Picture200514mEnraged by a Picture features a photography exhibit that causes a stir and provokes an outcry on a subject that is particularly taboo: being black and being a lesbian. English with auto-generated subtitles available
Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don't Want to Go Back Alone)201017mLeonardo and Giovana are best friends in high school. Handsome new student Gabriel arrives and changes things Portuguese with English subtitles.
Feel Good20202hr30mNot a film but a TV series - all episodes available to stream free. The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviors and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Five Films for Freedom20201hr2mSelf-expression, homophobia in rural communities, coming out as a teenager, and finding love later in life - this year's short films look at an intersection of LGBTIQ+ perspectives to explore love and acceptance. languages, all with English subtitles available
Flash Flood - A Rotoscoped Documentary20176mDeep within a rotoscoped dream, three transgender people confront a cataclysmic flood. English, no subtitles available
Forbidden Lives: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives19921hr24mThis feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. English with English subtitles available.
Foxy Trot201815mA married lesbian couple unexpectedly face their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons. English, no subtitles available
Framed Youth — Revenge of the Teenage Perverts198346mThe Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project formed in London in 1982 and about 25 young lesbians and gays made this video about themselves. English, no subtitles available
Francis Bacon: Fragments of a Portrait196644mFrancis Bacon's paintings have been called sick and corrupt. He has also been hailed as the greatest British painter since Turner. This film study - Bacon's first appearance on BBC Television - shows his work and its sources, and critically assesses his paintings. English, no subtitles available
gal-dem Chosen Family201928mDocumentary series produced by gal-dem, the new media publication, committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour. "Over several weeks we followed artist Travis Alabanza, performance artist Chloe Filani, artist Joy Miessi and writer and DJ Aisha Mirza on personal journeys that underscored the importance of relearning and engaging with queer history and the power that can be found in historical precedent."
In English with English subtitles.
Gentleman Jack20198hBBC TV Series. Halifax, 1832. Rejected by aristocratic Vere Hobart, Anne Lister returns to her shabby ancestral home, Shibden Hall, determined to restore its fortunes and find herself a wife. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Girl Talk201817mGirl Talk follows 20-something Mia, as she explores the disparity between emotional and physical intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing couple. English, no subtitles available
God's Own Country20171hr44mSpring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. English with English subtitles
Guilty Prejudices20161hr29mA police lieutenant is determined to uncover the truth after a gay man is brutally attacked and his boyfriend is arrested for the crime.
CN: homophobic language and violence French with English subtitles available
Harsh Beauty200554mHarsh Beauty follows over a period of 3 years the lives of Jyothi, Usha and Hira bai, three hijra/intersex people who live openly as women, and want to be accepted as their true selves. Hindi and Tamil with English subtitles
Homophobia201223mAn adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It's their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons. German with English subtitles.
Hookers on Davie19841hr45mHookers on Davie is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Janis Cole and Holly Dale and released in 1984. A portrait of a number of women, both cis and trans, who work as sex workers on Davie Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, the film profiles them in the context of the early campaign to "clean up" the street during the mayoralty of Mike Harcourt. English, no subtitles available
How To Make A Rainbow201916mOver two formative years, a young girl and her mother journey through the joy and struggle of a parent in transition. English, with partial English subtitles
Hyper Hyper I-Id201617mThe conceptual short film HYPER HYPER I-Id. explores debates on neoliberalism, self-management and identity politics. Three protagonists attempt to discover a way together, and within their own space of work/identity. With lots of dark humour, poetic language. powerful costumes and settings, and the ongoing beat of petra und der wolf’s music, the film opens up new spaces for queer images. German with English subtitles.
I Am A Girl201010mEvery 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. And Joppe is no different, consulting her friend on how to ask Brian out. But just how should she tell him that she was assigned male at birth? with English subtitles
I Am Not Your Negro20161hr26mNarrated entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, this film touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and Medgar Evers. The film brings powerful clarity to how the images and reality of black lives in America today are fabricated and enforced. English with English subtitles available and audio description available
I'm OK are you OK?202022mMatt Mead’s film follows a range of queer people telling stories from their lives in West Yorkshire, encompassing identity and intersections whilst journeying across the decades. Each story is told with a mix of styles and formats, from archival film to digital video via VHS and oil paint. English and BSL with English subtitles
I'm Sorry201817mAddy and Salka look like they have the perfect relationship, but there's another story behind closed doors. Will Addy be able to ask for (and get) the help she needs?
CN: intimate partner abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) Icelandic with English subtitles
If She Grows Up Gay198323mA blue collar African-American mother, talks about her pregnancy and raising her daughter with her lesbian lover. English with auto-generated subtitles available
In Between20161hr43mThree Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture. Hebrew and Arabic with Englosh subtitles
Iris Prize film libraryVariousVarious30+ Welsh short films including Côr Blimey by South Wales Gay Men's Chorus, which documents the choir's successful journey to compete at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. captions
I Want To Kill Myself20159mThis short, quietly devastating film by Vivek Shraya, a Canadian trans woman, is a solid introduction to her consistently compelling poetry and film. English, no subtitles available
Jamie: Drag Queen at 16201157mDocumentary following the story of teenager Jamie Campbell, who wants to be a drag queen. Inspiration for the musical and upcoming feature film, There's Something About Jamie. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life20181hr31mOriginally released under the title 'The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar' this 2018 doc follows Jonathan Agassi, one of the world's most successful gay porn stars. This is a rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting, as well as on a unique relationship between a mother and son. English and Hewbrew with English subtitles available
Just Me201122mDocumentary. An innocent comment by a visiting relative starts lesbian film maker Amy Neil thinking, “Are there any other queer people in my family – or is it just me?” As she starts to investigate, she comes up with some surprising information! English; auto-generated English subtitles available.
Just Me202014mAs Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary... English with English subtitles
Kathy Acker198447mFilmed in New York, a programme about the young avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, which explores her life and writing. Melvyn Bragg talks to her about her work and there are contributions from the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and artist David Salle. English with Dutch subtitles. Auto-generated English captions available.
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy20201hr29mInternational art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film - told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary - is the definitive story of the artist in his own words.

The film also includes exclusive, unprecedented access to the Haring Foundation’s archives, capturing the wild, creative energy behind some of the most recognisable art of the past 30 years. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Kenneth Anger short films1949-2010VariousCollection of films by gay occultist film maker, Kenneth Anger. spoken dialogue in most films
Killing Eve20182 seriesTV series. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Kinky Boots20051hr47mA drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat. English with English subtitles available
Kiss of the Rabbit God201914mA Chinese-American restaurant worker exhausted by his job finds himself intrigued by a customer who seems to visit him in dreams. English, no subtitles available
Last Men Standing20151hr6mSurrounded by the ghosts of a generation lost to the AIDS epidemic, eight gay men search for meaning in a life they never expected to have. English, no subtitles available
Leitis In Waiting201856mShown at LQFF 2019. A feature documentary and short film about an intrepid group of transgender women rising to reclaim their righteous place in a South Pacific Kingdom English and Tongan with English subtitles available
Leo: Becoming a Trans Man201724mAssigned female at birth, 15 year old Leo is one of the first children in Britain to be prescribed a new treatment – hormone blockers – to help him achieve what he feels is his natural gender identity of becoming a man. English with English subtitles available
Leroy201720mOn an estate in North London, Leroy, a socially awkward misfit, finally realises his passion for dancing after finding a mixtape in his dead grandfather's belongings. English, no subtitles available
Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire, Too199355mLesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too offers a rare insiders' look at the New York group's first year, from their initial groundbreaking demo in front of an elementary school in '92 to the incredible Dyke March in DC, where the Avengers ate fire in front of the White House, cheered on by an enormous crowd. English with English subtitles available
Let's Be Friends20189mConnor, the new kid in school, is a lonely boy whose only friend is a stuffed toy named Beadie. When Connor brings Beadie to school, despite his father’s warnings, a run-in with a bully leads to horrific consequences. English with English subtitles available
LGBT BritainVariousVariousThis colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century. subtitles, some are labelled as silent
Little Potato201714mMasculinity, movies, and what happens when a Russian mother becomes a mail-order bride to an unpredictable American man. English with English or French subtitles available
Lockdown201912mStruggling with feelings for her best friend, fourteen-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan. English, no subtitles available
Love IntersectionsVariousVariousLove Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. They produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary. This collection includes previous LQFF faves Carla & Hayfa and Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits. available
Love, Simon20181hr50mSimon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. available