These three new films made by winners of the Iris Prize and a community production are a celebration of LGBTQ+ lives. Each is an example of excellence in storytelling and together the programme is sure to make you cry and laugh.
Cardiff (15) | Dir. Sarah Smith | 25 Mins Perpetually single, Frederick envies his fabulous gay friend Joe, who seems to have a never-ending supply of paramours despite being happily married himself. But when Frederick’s meddling mother arrives for a visit, she thrusts him into a forbidden romance, and a series of unforeseen betrayals hilariously expose some carefully held secrets. The film stars the late Welsh Icon Ruth Madoc, Stifyn Parri and Richard Elis.
I Shall Be Whiter Than Snow (PG) | Dir. Frederick Stacey | 17 Mins This short film is based on the true story of a lesbian couple, Kim and Roseann, who were married at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff in 2018 whilst Kim was receiving treatment for cancer. This emotional film is a touching love story between two women and a celebration of the amazing staff who work for our NHS and the importance of compassionate care. The film stars Rebecca Harries and Lynn Hunter, supported by a cast of NHS professionals.
A Beautiful Form To See (PG) | Dir. Lara Zeidan | 8 Mins This is a short film where a young woman gets trapped in her fantasy inside a Kaleidoscope. This is the 11th film made with the Iris Prize sponsored by The Michael Bishop Foundation.
And, join us after the screening for:
7pm - Drinks Reception: An opportunity to discuss the films with a glass of something.
7.30pm - Meet the Filmmakers: An opportunity to hear from Thomas McDonald the producer of Jim and Darius Shu the producer of Queer Parivar.
Thomas McDonald is a Bafta-Connect producer, longlisted for BIFA Best British Short. He’s screened at numerous Bafta-qualifying festivals including Norwich and Cambridge. His BFI-NETWORK funded ‘Jim’ won the Audience Award at The Iris Prize, and screened on Channel4 and ALL4. He recently worked with Candle&Bell on shorts for CreativeUK/Sky Arts. www.tediumentertainment.com
Darius Shu is a London-based cinematographer and producer who loves telling poetic visual stories with striking imagery. He channels the power of visual storytelling to create positive representation in film and TV, driving societal conversations by incorporating social awareness in his films and strives to illuminate the visual narrative to complement the story. His work across has been featured on Netflix, Film4, Sky TV and Prime Video. Personal website: www.dariusshu.com
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