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Picks from BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Issue No. 2245

The British Film Institute’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

It brings together mainstream and fringe, feature length and shorts, and new and classic.

Many of the films debut at the festival and later go on wider release.

Here are some of the films on offer at the festival.

The Four-Faced Liar

Director Jacob Chase

Showing 6 April

Bridget has no time for love and relationships, and instead names her lovers after days of the week.

In New York’s West Village, she and her womanising male friend Trip meet a couple who test their ideas about human connections and relationships.

This film is likely to get a mass release.

The Night Watch

BBC TV preview

Showing 4 April

This adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel is set against a backdrop of London recovering from the Second World War.

The sexual freedom and level of economic independence the women experienced during the war are now being taken away.

But each character strives towards freedom in the future and to shape their relationships.

House of Boys

Directed by Jean‑Claude Schlim

Showing 1 and 2 April

This film is set in 1984, when Aids was referred to as “gay cancer”.

The central character, Frank, runs away from high school to a new life in Amsterdam.

He works in a brothel and a bar, and begins to make a new life with new loves and rules.

Aids acts as a subtext for the film, and many relationships are shaped by fear of the disease.

It may be an attraction for some that Stephen Fry also features in this film.

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Tue 29 Mar 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2245
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