Film: Lesbian And Gay Festival

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This year's Lesbian & Gay Film Festival packs its normal punch with a wide-ranging programme highlighting the best of "queer cinema". The 13th annual event opens with the sensual yet poignant romance High Art (left), billed as the hottest lesbian feature to hit UK screens since Bound. There are also more than 20 films exploring the experiences of queer youth around the world, and Billy Hollywood's Screen Kiss, recently voted the most popular US gay film of 1998. Other innovative features include the Singalong-a-Sound-of-Music and Barbie Nation: An unauthorised tour (both 18 Apr, NFT1), an exploration of the bleached-blonde babe ethos.

National Film Theatre, London SE1

(Also Museum Cinema, Curzon Soho, Cine Lumiere.) Information: www.llgff.org.uk.

Box-office (0171-928 3232) 8-22 Apr

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