Russell Tovey-starring film to open the 30th anniversary of the BFI’s annual LGBT film festival.

The Pass

The Pass will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 2016 edition of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (March 16-27).

Ben A. Williams’ feature debut stars Russell Tovey (Being Human) as a premier league footballer who, on the night of his first big international match, rooms with a team mate – played by Arinze Kene (Freestyle) – and the two share an intimate moment that has repercussions on their public and private lives.

Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually, Notting Hill) produced the film, which has a screenplay from John Donnelly, adapted from his Royal Court Theatre play.

The premiere will take place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on March 16, kicking off the BFI Flare festival which runs until March 27 and is celebrating its 30th edition in 2016.

The festival’s full programme will include screenings of 50 feature films, as well as an expanded industry programme and a series of events and archive screenings, details of which will be released next week.