Iris on the Move: Best of Iris 2022

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Iris on the Move: Best of Iris 2022

Tuesday 21st February 2023

Tickets £5 / £4 concessions

The 16th Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival brought a huge variety of LGBTQ+ short films to our in-person and online festival. This diverse selection of outstanding short films showcases unique stories from around the world.

Tarneit (18) | Dir. John Sheedy | Australia | 22 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize 2022)
Tyrone lives with his mother and her boyfriend Pommy, a lowlife drug dealer who despises immigrants and homosexuals. Tyrone’s best friend Clinton, a refugee, lives with his older brother Shaker, who also has similarly firm ideas about race and sex. Despite these obstacles, the boys share a bond, both deaf, both neglected by family, and each dreaming of escaping from the brutal violence that surrounds them.

Queer Parivaar (PG)| Dir. Shiva Raichandani | UK | 27 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize Best British 2022)
When a mysterious gate crasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.

Breathe (U) | Dir. Harm Van Der Sander | NED | 6 Mins (Winner: Iris Prize Youth Award)
A lyrical coming of age film which follows two school friends from childhood to young adulthood, as their friendship matures into something more romantic.

Jim (15)| Dir. Tom Young | UK | 15 Mins (Winner: Co-op Audience Award)
Inspired by true events. West London, 1982. Gay priest Jim Fitzsimmons reaches a decision: he’s going to spend one night with a rent boy. The night will change Jim’s life forever, but not for the reasons he expects.

Tank Fairy (PG) | Dir. Erich Rettstadt 雷利 | Taiwan | 10 Mins (Highly Commended Iris Prize)
The magical Tank Fairy delivers her gas tanks unlike any other - with sass, stilettos and a healthy helping of glitter. Her arrival upends the life of Jojo, a lonely ten-year-old who dreams of dancing and drag. Outcast by classmates and misunderstood by his stern, single mom, Jojo is inspired to live out loud by his fierce, propane-toting fairy godmother.

And, join us before 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

Click here to book tickets for the New Iris Prize Productions screening at 6pm.

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 Tuesday 21st Feb 2023  8:00pm Intro + Q&A
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