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We continue to showcase the very best Iris Prize as a partner to the festival.
The Queer Vision team have hand-picked a selection of the best of the best from the 2018 selections for this special shorts screening.
Ladies Day (PG) – HIGHLY COMMENDED, Best of British
Abena Taylor-Smith, UK, 9 mins
Amma (Savannah Steyn) is paying a visit to the hairdressers. On the doorstep, she refuses a kiss from her girlfriend Jade (Jade Avia), in case anyone inside should see them. What follows is a slice of life, observed from the salon chair, as Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.
Wren Boys (15) – WINNER, Best British Audience Award
Harry Lighton, UK, 11 mins
It’s the day after Christmas, and Father Conor, a priest from County Cork, drives his nephew to prison to visit one of the inmates. This is modern Ireland, a country that’s often critical of tradition and willing to embrace modern values, but within the prison walls different rules apply, and life is often overshadowed by the threat of violence.
Bachelor, 38 (PG) – COMMENDED, Best of British
Angela Clarke, UK, 15 mins
Bryan Bale grew up in Cardiff at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal. As a young man in the 1960s he moved to London, enjoying everything the city had to offer, and he met the love of his life. With stories that are funny and intensely moving in equal measure, Bryan reflects on the past, while embracing his present and future.
Mrs McCutcheon (PG) – WINNER, Youth Jury Award
John Sheedy, Australia, 16 mins
10-year-old Mrs McCutcheon doesn’t like the name she was given at birth. She also prefers the flow of a dress rather than the cut of a pant. Now at her third school, Mrs McCutcheon is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from her newfound peers – except for Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away Mrs McCutcheon embarks on a journey of self-discovery in a quest to find her place in the world.
Three Centimetres (12A) – WINNER, Iris Prize
Lara Zeidan, Lebanon/UK, 9 mins
In the oldest fun park of Beirut, four young friends go on a Ferris Wheel. During this claustrophobic open-air journey, they touch on intimate subjects such as relationships and sex, but Suzie’s breakup advice for Joanna leads to an unexpected confession.
Sleepover (Sova over) (PG)
Jimi Vall Peterson, Sweden, 9 mins
After a night at the movies, best friends Emil and Adam head back to Adam’s. Emil is staying the night, and the pair of them must share a bed, but sleeping side-by-side proves a challenge and a test for Emil and his unspoken feelings.