Senior Programmer Brian Robinson takes a stroll through the history of the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Discussing the years since the 10th LLGFF right up until this years quarter-centenary, Robinson mentions some of the key films discovered during the festival, including Beautiful Thing, High Art and early films from talents such as François Ozon and Bavo Defurne. Major highlights from across the years are fondly remembered, from the sing-along-a-Sound-of-Music to the knit-along-a-Bette-Davis event and the short-lived ‘cineoke’.
Some gems that have bubbled under the radar since their LLGFF debut are recalled, such as Michael Cuesta’s L.I.E. and Hans Scheirl’s one-of-a-kind Dandy Dust. Other cultural phenomena, such as the rise of queer animation and the sudden glut of cheesy gay comedies (once a novelty for audiences) are also discussed. Robinson concludes by stating that there is no formula for the films shown at the LLGFF, and that the line-up is constantly fresh and surprising.