BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival has announced, ahead of its full programme launch on Tuesday, February 23, that JUMP, DARLING will screen in the Bodies strand at next month’s festival, which runs digitally from March 17-28. The premiere will be held in honour of Academy Award and BAFTA-winning actress Cloris Leachman, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 94.
Written and directed by debut filmmaker Phil Connell, JUMP, DARLING, Leachman’s final starring role, is a family drama about a young LGBTQ+ man who visits his declining grandmother. The film also stars Thomas Duplessie, Linda Kash and Jayne Eastwood alongside cameos from well-known drag queens Tynomi Banks, Fay Slift and Miss Fiercealicious.
Phil Connell said: “BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival is an incredibly important space for queer filmmakers to share stories from our community. To be able to celebrate Cloris and her achievements within this festival is a perfect tribute to her legacy. Cloris was an icon and an ally. To work with her, to know her, and now to share her final leading performance with the world is a true honour.”
This year’s BFI Flare will deliver virtual festival premieres of the best new LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world via BFI Player to UK-wide audiences, in the most accessible version of the festival yet. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks and the full programme for this year’s BFI Flare will be announced at a digital Programme Launch event, which will also be available for the first time ever for the public to attend, on the evening of Tuesday, February 23 2021.