Planet Nation's top 4 picks telling trans stories at BFI Flare 2018

2018 marks the 32nd LGBT Film Festival from BFI Flare. The festival will run from 21 March to 1 April at the BFI Southbank.

We already knew that My Days of Mercy starring Ellen Page and Kata Mara was to be the Opening Night film, and now we are able to run through the other highlights of this year’s festival.

In this article, we run through Planet Nation's top 4 picks telling trans stories at BFI Flare 2018.

A Deal with the Universe at BFI Flare 20181. A Deal with the Universe

The debut documentary from Jason Barker tells the inspiring tale of a very different kind of pregnancy.

  • Monday 26 March 2018 20:50 - NFT1
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018 18:40 - Studio
  • Saturday 31 March 2018 14:00 - Studio

Radfem/Trans: A Love Story at BFI Flare 20182. Radfem/Trans: A Love Story

A clip show and talk examining how rifts in the feminist movement have been shown on screen.

Monday 26 March 2018 18:20 - NFT3

They at BFI Flare 20183. They

Complications with hormone blockers means 14-year-old J must decide upon a path to take.

  • Friday 23 March 2018 18:30 - NFT2
  • Saturday 24 March 2018 11:40 - NFT3

A Fantastic Woman at BFI Flare 20184. A Fantastic Woman

The title says it all. Chile’s first out trans actress Daniela Vega shines in this thoughtful yet pacey drama on confronting intolerance.

  • Sunday 01 April 2018 17:45 - NFT3

Top festival tip

Realistically, knowing how popular the opening film normally is, plus the addition of Ellen Page – if you want a ticket to this screening you will need to sign up as a member. In addition to being able to buy your tickets from 28 February (a whole week before general ticket release, you will also save money on every ticket you buy for the festival). Details about membership are available at the bottom of this article.

The full festival programme

The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here, but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package. 

BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2018About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England


  • Champions can book tickets from 27 February (from 11:30)
  • Members can book tickets from 28 February (from 11:30)
  • General Public can book tickets from 5 March (from 11:30)

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Membership benefits:

  • Save 15% on film rentals once you’ve registered your Membership number on your account.
  • Save 15% on our great selection of film products when you flash your Membership card in store or whenever you log in.
  • Priority booking to BFI Flare 7 days before general release.
  • Enjoy £1.50 off most IMAX tickets.
  • Save 10% on food and drink at benugo bar & kitchen and the Riverfront.
  • Enjoy 2 BFI Southbank ticket vouchers.
  • No booking fees for BFI Festivals and BFI Southbank.

Paperfree membership is £35 by direct debit (digital festival guides), standard membership is £40 by direct debit.