The BFI announced today that it will host first-time feature filmmaker Ben A. Williams' adaptation of "The Pass" at the opening night ceremony of this year's BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. As the UK's longest running LGBT film event, the Flare features 50 hand-chosen submissions from nearly 23,000 submissions.
"The Pass," produced by Duncan Kenworthy of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually" fame, discusses the personal and profession ramifications of coming out as an athlete. The film stars "Looking" breakout Russell Tovey as a premier league footballer who shares an intimate moment with his teammate while they room together on the night of a big international match.
"'The Pass' boldly tackles a forbidden topic, outlining one man’s struggle to embrace his sexuality within the hyper masculine and very public world of professional football," said Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Festivals, in an official statement. "We are excited to be launching the 30th edition of BFI Flare – a Festival that prides itself on a program which captivates hearts, bodies and minds – with an impressive and very topical British directorial debut."
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