Beautiful Things

Celebrate BFI Flare with a diverse range of new titles exploring LGBT lives on screen, including a few exciting rediscoveries.

What's a Girl Like You (1969)

What's a Girl Like You (1969)

We’ve added a diverse range of new titles to the Mediatheque’s expansive collection exploring LGBT lives on screen. Special mention goes to two exciting rediscoveries from 1969, now preserved in the BFI National Archive: Black Cap Drag, filmed at the famous Camden venue and not seen in the UK for 25 years; and anarchic LWT documentary What’s a Girl Like You…, which boasts some jaw-dropping scenes of performances at the now Grade II-listed Royal Vauxhall Tavern. We’re also proud to bring you the film version of DV8’s dark, boundary-pushing dance piece Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, commissioned for The South Bank Show in 1990.

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Ten to try

The Trial of Oscar Wilde (1960)
Gripping recreation of Wilde’s 1895 trial, starring Micheál MacLiammóir.

The Trial Of Sir Roger Casement (1960)
Peter Wyngarde plays the gay British diplomat turned humanitarian activist turned Irish nationalist, executed a century ago for treason.

Black Cap Drag (1969)
Drag queens Shane and Laurie Lee perform and discuss their craft at Camden’s much-missed gay haunt.

What’s a Girl Like You… (1969)
TV documentary exploring the 60s drag renaissance, with visits to London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the northern drag circuit.

Gays: Speaking Up (1978)
A studio audience of gay men and lesbians discuss what it means to be gay in late-70s Britain.

Gay Life (1980)
The current affairs series visits the newly opened Heaven nightclub, contrasting it with other parts of the gay scene.

That’s What Friends Are For (1988)
Neil Bartlett performs his own powerful spoken-word piece for Channel 4’s Alter Image strand.

Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men (1990)
DV8 Physical Theatre’s first stage show to be adapted for film is loosely based on the story of gay serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

The Gender Bender (1992)
Channel 4 series The Black Bag meets ‘gender illusionist’ Winston, host of legendary club night Kinky Gerlinky.

Techno Babes (1996)
Lesbian clubbers give their views on dancing, drugs and having a good time.

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