Queer East: GF*BF

“Gwei Lun-Mei is a marvel… she reminds us what it’s like to be young, in love and socially engaged at a time when everything matters, and little is understood.” The New York Times

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Set in the 1980s when Taiwan was still under martial law, GF*BF charts the experiences of three friends growing up in turbulent times. At the film’s centre is a tender love triangle: Aaron (Rhydian Vaughan) is attracted to Mabel (Gwei Lun-Mei), who has feelings for Liam (Joseph Chang), who is secretly in love with Aaron. The personal and political collide as Mabel, Liam and Aaron join the social revolution that is sweeping across Taiwan, and head to Taipei to fight for democracy. But when the truth about Liam's feelings for Aaron emerges, the friends’ relationship is tested to its limits. Yang Ya-che’s drama charts a parallel between Taiwan’s transition to democracy, and the characters’ journey from teenage repression to emotional maturity.

Introduction by Christopher Brown, University of Sussex

As part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, Queer East Film Festival is a curated series showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia, echoing Brent’s strong Asian affiliations and championing the city’s diverse voices.

Presented in partnership with Ministry of Culture (Taiwan). Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.


Film Information

121 mins

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