27 March 2014

BFI Flare: Met Film School’s Top Picks

By Cassio | Categorised in Events at Met Film School

Met Film School look at the top picks of the BFI Flare LGBT festival this month, these are the films not to be missed:




Director: Darren Stein
Writer: George Northy
Tanner is a shy, unassuming and self-confessed ‘Comic Book Geek’ who also happens to be gay.  No student at his school has ‘come out of the closet’ yet, and Tanner is definitely someone who doesn’t want to draw attention to himself by ever being first in anything.  Due to a mistake involving social app ‘guydar,’ Tanner is publicly ‘outed’ and faces immediate suffocating attention from the three Queen Bee’s of the school (representing the stereotypes we have come to expect from the High-School Movie, but who each go further than these stereotypes to instil their own quirky sense of humour.)  Tanner finds himself the ‘prize’ in a competition between the girls to acquire him as their “Gay Best Friend” (GBF.)
The film is very good fun from the opening.  Each character has a label which simultaneously reflects both their social status and how removed from reality they actually are.  It’s very easy to sit back and miss a lot of the laughs here, the jokes are spot on though- through perfect comic timing and outrageous sweeping statements, and it is through this dark comedy that we really engage with the film.  You simply have to ‘get’ it- it isn’t handed to you on a plate and, like Jawbreaker, it’s what lies beneath the surface that draws you in to enjoy the ride.  The language used (think twitter-speak with a knife-sharp edge) has a constant energy to it- George Northy’s script delivers punch after punch of electric put-downs and phrases that viewers will be spurting off for years to come.
Yves Saint Laurent
Director: Jalil Lespert
Writer: Jacques Fieschi
Yves Saint Laurent defies the Fashion biopic narrative to challenge film’s changing gaze of sexuality within a shifting culture spanning over the decades, from 1950s Algeria to 1990s Paris.
First things first- this is not a biopic of the working life of Yves, nor is it a reflection on how his life shaped his clothes (just a mere mention of his 60s influences are included in the feature.)  When we first meet Pierre Niney’s Yves he is already an established member of fashion society, working as the genius first assistant to Mr Dior himself.  What we see instead is a talented but tortured soul.  “If I can’t create, then I will die,” he breathes -the opening scenes have already confirmed to us that this may be true.
The film’s fixation with Yves lingers when we meet Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne). We are treated to a bashful and easy relationship during the 50’s, the pair wide-eyed and chasing each other along the Seine makes for charming viewing, with the backdrop of Paris richly draped in dappled colours.
Is there fashion though? Why yes, and just enough to keep us sublimely contented that we chose to see this movie.  The season showcases and finale couture catwalk are so rich in detail of a visceral quality in keeping with the classic theme of Yves work that makes this a gem of the emerging “new-wave” European Queer cinema, but this I feel will transcend into the mainstream- as it should.
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