Spring is well and truly sprung, so our thoughts turn to new beginnings. That could mean nailing a big audition, earning raves for a long-yearned-for role, or possibly just doing a film quiz, catching film and TV festivals at the BFI, and networking with like-minded people. Get to it!
Flare Film Fun on SE1
Running from 21–31 March at the BFI Southbank is London’s annual LGBTQ+ Flare Film Festival. Highlights for this year include the European Premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT Leroy starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, as well as fun film-themed events like club nights, and the brilliant sounding Big Gay Film Quiz. (Assorted prices)
Listen to small screen stars
Book ahead for the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival starting on 12 April. Plenty of starry events will sell out quickly, so act now to catch Dame Helen Mirren in conversation, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and star Helen McCrory chatting about the show’s success, and Oscar breakout star Richard E Grant talking about his glittering career in a live recording of the Two Shot Podcast. (Assorted prices)
EU wanna chance to network?
Tick tock, tick tock. Is that the sound of the clock counting down until the UK leaves the EU, or is it actually the countdown to Shorts on Tap’s Days of EUtopia, a selection of short films from mainland Europe? On 20 March, there’ll be shorts, filmmaker Q&As, and a chance to network with like-minded creatives. (Starting at £5)
Marvel at some Musical Magic
Director Dominic Cooke’s mesmerising production of Follies has been one of the National Theatre’s biggest recent hits. If you’re intrigued as to how it all came together, you can join Cooke, some of the cast and behind-the-scenes staff on 19 March for a day-long interrogation as to how the magic happened. (£55)
McLaughs in Glasgow
If you fancy a trip out of town, the huge Glasgow Comedy Festival is in full swing until the end of the month. The top stand-up names gigging north of the border include Al Murray, Julian Clary, Russell Kane, Elaine C Smith, Reginald D Hunter, and Jasper Carrott. (Assorted prices)
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