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20th March 2021

BFI Flare: Beyond Coming of Age


Billie Collins

Squad Grad Billie Collins is hosting an online panel discussion at the BFI Flare Festival titled Beyond Coming of Age. 

Whilst it’s brilliant that queer characters are becoming more commonplace on our screens, they are often confined to a set number of narratives, usually within the coming of age genre. Whilst coming of age stories are integral to the queer community, it’s not all we’re about. We’re still far more likely to see queer characters coming out to their parents or leaving their small town, than we are to see them fighting aliens, navigating a haunted house, or breaking into the Pentagon.

This event is a panel discussion about what happens when you bring a queer perspective to a genre world, spotlighting the filmmakers who are looking beyond ‘coming of age’ stories. It’s one small step for queers, one giant leap for the LGBTIQ+ community…


  • Thomas Wilson-White – Director, The Greenhouse, BFI Flare 2021
  • Thanasis Tsimpinis – Director, Escaping the Fragile Planet, BFI Flare 2021
  • Nosa Eke – Director
  • Matthew Jacobs Morgan – Director


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