Iris Prize 2022
This September I was delighted to be invited to attend the Iris Prize short film festival opening night, hosted in Cardiff. Not only was this my first festival, but also the first time I have ever seen my name in the credits on a proper cinema screen as the opening film of the festival happened to be a short I worked on earlier this year! A big night for firsts!
Our film, ‘G-Flat’ written and directed by the brilliant Peter Darney, tells the story of Ceri, an elderly ex-cellist haunted by his loneliness and longing for the past, played by national treasure Richard Wilson. It was a wonderful experience seeing the finished film in a real theatre, and reuniting with the fantastic crew I worked with. 5 other LGBT+ short films were premiered throughout the evening, all of an unbelievably high standard. More than a few tears were shed amongst the audience, and a lot of laughs too. It was a fantastic collection of really emotive, well executed short films.
Listed below are the films premiered on this evening -
G Flat, directed by Peter Darney
Cardiff, directed by Sarah Smith (winner of the 2019 Iris Prize)
Blooming, directed by Efa Blosse Mason and Sophie Marsh
I Shall be Whiter than Snow, directed by Frederick Stacey
Queens Cwm Rag, directed by Lindsay Walker
Sally Leapt Out Of A Window Last Night, directed by Tracy Spottiswoode
Following the premiere, key cast and crew members were invited up for a Q&A. It was brilliant hearing about the ideas behind each project and seeing the passion of everyone involved.
I was also thrilled to hear that another film entered into the prize ‘The Bed’ directed by Thalia Kent-Egan, a fantastic film maker I worked with on another project this year, won the Education Award for best educational short. You can read more about this project below.