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Iris Prize: Best of British: Dark Days (adv18)

Iris Prize: Best of British: Dark Days (adv18)

Mon 1 January 0001 - Thu 7 October 2021

UK | 2021 | 80’ | adv18 | various
Five compelling films that take a long, unflinching look at the darker side of LGBTQA+ life, exploring workplace bigotry, drug-fuelled depravity, grief, loneliness and the viciousness of bullies. But if all that sounds a little bleak, there are also compelling stories, with great writing and superb performances - even a bittersweet happy ending or two! 

Factory Talk (Dir. Lucie Rachel & Chrissie Hyde | 5mins) 
This tense, brooding film has two factory workers, from separate generations, working side by side. The younger of the two narrates, recounting the older’s casual homophobia and his own questions about masculinity and sexuality. 

Baby Boy (Dir. Greg Hall | 17min) 
Nicky, a sexually repressed London cab driver, husband and father embarks on a nightmarish weekend of excess after relapsing into drug addiction. 

Pop (Dir. Laura Margo Roe | 20mins) 
Chased by bullies a young boy, Jack, is rescued by a stranger calling himself Pop. Each of them is struggling with the loss of a loved one, Jack’s father, Pop’s wife - and they form a bond, but it’s one that may be broken by the truth of Pop’s mysterious past. 

INERTIA (Dir. Mat Johns | 18mins) 
Teenager Rabia reacquaints herself with her estranged history teacher Maddie, now living in seclusion, and grieving for the beloved wife who was killed in extraordinary circumstances. 

BIRTHDAY BOY (Dir. Leo Labeau | 20mins) 
A Transgender teenage boy finds friendship in online games, away from the bullying he faces at an all-girls private school. On the day of his 16th birthday, the bullying takes an unfortunate turn for the worse. 

 

IRIS - Programme schedule:

Thursday 7 October 
11am - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: DARK DAYS
2pm - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: SMILE
6pm - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: RESILIENCE
8pm - IRIS PRIZE: NOT KNOWING

Sunday 10 October
3.30pm & 7.30pm - IRIS: REBEL DYKES
6pm - IRIS: REBEL - TALK

Prices:

£7 / £6

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