Sometimes, Life Gives You Another Chance







Welcome to the first part of our BFI Flare series, where you can find our best picks of what's going on at the film festival this month.

BFI Flare, formerly the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, has become a must-visit event over the years and is now firmly bookmarked in many a diary.

First up on our list, and premiering at BFI Flare is Jake Graf's new short film, Chance. Jake is an award-winning writer and director based in London. Chance, a journey through the process of grief, is his fourth screenplay and a story he felt needed to be told. 

In chance, we meet Trevor. Trevor’s life has become a void, following the passing of his wife and long term companion, Doris. Days run into weeks, as Trevor slowly finds himself isolated and alone, and unconcernedly slipping towards a bleak and desolate old age. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own past jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to once again start to live...

He said, “Chance is a story that can resonate with anyone, regardless of age or sexuality. Everyone has experienced the loss of a loved one, felt alone and abandoned, thought that giving up on life might be an option, and tried to reach out for a connection.

Our two amazing leads, Clifford Hume and Abs, were both old friends of mine and as I began to write the screenplay, I knew that they were perfect for the roles. To have two older, larger and non-stereotypically handsome leading men was a dream come true, and their on-screen presence and chemistry only confirmed that casting. Working with them was a joy, and to be able to explore these issues through two men who had first hand experience of loneliness and loss was an absolute privilege.” 

Chance premieres at the BFI Southbank as part of the shorts series, Fragile Things, on Sunday 29th March.

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