Chanya Button’s ‘Vita & Virginia’ to open 33rd BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The BFI has announced that the UK premiere of Chanya Button’s upcoming biographical drama, Vita & Virginia, will open the 33rd BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival at BFI Southbank on 21 March 2019.

Adapted from Dame Eileen Atkins’ 1992 play of the same name, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isabella Rossellini, alongside Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando.

The film will open in cinemas across the UK on 12 July 2019 through Thunderbird Releasing.


VITA & VIRGINIA is the true story of the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Debicki), and the enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Arterton). The film tells the story of the birth of the novel their intoxicating encounters inspired; Woolf’s bold experiment in art and androgyny, ‘Orlando’.

When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The film is a celebration of their unconventional bond; a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion. VITA & VIRGINIA is a love story, told in a contemporary style, about two women – two writers – who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection.


The Festival is also delighted to confirm that the Pureland Foundation will return as Main Supporter of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

The second in their three-year commitment to the Festival, this continues a significant philanthropic contribution from the Foundation, providing vital support for the Festival and bolstering its success.


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