BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2016 Opening Night

The British Film Institute has this week announced that the world premier of new British film The Pass will open this year’s special 30th anniversary BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday 16th March.

Adapted for the big screen by John Donnelly from his hit West End play of the same name, and directed by first time director Ben A Williams, The Pass chronicles ten years in the career of a gay premiership footballer.

Starring Russell Tovey (The History Boys, Being Human) as Jason, and Arinze Kene (Our Girl, Youngers) as his long time friend and teammate Ade, The Pass shows three different nights in three different hotel suits over a period of ten years, beginning with the night before his first international match.

While trying to stave off the pre-match nerves with locker room banter and high-jinks, Jason makes a pass at Ade. The repercussions of that night, both on and off the pitch, have an enormous impact on the private and public lives of these two men for the next decade.

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The 30th BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival runs from 16th – 27th March, at London’s Southbank, celebrating the best in New Queer Cinema. The full programme of films and events will be released on 18th February and booking opens to the general on 29th February.

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