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Films with Flare and Seoul

Edward II (Derek Jarman, 1992)

2nd November - 8th November 2017

There's a UK focus at Seoul Pride Film Festival 2017.

As part of the British Council’s UK/Korea 2017–18 season, Seoul Pride Film Festival presents a UK Focus programme marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights and a theme that resonates in Korea.

The 50LGBT strand, programmed in partnership with the BFI, includes landmarks in LGBT representation on screen: My Beautiful Laundrette, Edward II, Orlando, Love is the Devil and Sunday, Bloody Sunday. We’re very pleased to be showing Against the Law, the powerful factual drama about Peter Wildeblood, and a highlight of the BBC’s recent Gay Britannia season.

The SPFF screenings also includes the premiere screening of Flare Films, a programme of recent shorts from the UK that explore LGBT experience. A collaboration with BFI Flare, the London LGBT film festival, the Flare Films programme will go to a tour Korea, and we’ll be touring internationally over the next year. Flare Films builds on the success of the British Council and BFI’s FiveFilms4Freedom online project, through which, this year, people in 179 countries watched films from BFI Flare, with 1.57 million views.

BFI Flare senior programmer Brian Robinson is heading to Korea to introduce the screenings, and to introduce the UK programme. He’ll be giving a talk about the role that cinema has played in the explosion of consciousness and understanding, tolerance of and pride in the existence of LGBT lives, and will take part in a workshop with Cinematheque Korea on strategies and approaches for audience development, diversity and inclusion in cinema programmes.