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Iris Prize Podcast

Iris Prize Podcast

By Iris Prize Podcast
Join the Iris Podcasters Berwyn, Erykah, and Robert as they chat in-depth with this year’s Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Best British filmmakers.

Life, movies, and everything in between are discussed as our podcasters get to know the filmmakers and their films.
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Iris Prize Podcast S2: - Lloyd & SAM (S.A.M)
In this episode, we’re joined by Co-Director, Lloyd and Actor, Sam as they talk us through some of the unexpected backlash they faced when showing S.A.M. to new audiences. Lloyd tells us how he first met George in a service station, Sam compares working on the film to working on Coronation Street, and the pair let us in on whether or not S.A.M will ever be made feature length. Eyre and Ely have previously had a feature film in development with SC Films, and currently are developing a new British Horror film KILL PILL with Island Films, which they co-wrote and are set to co-direct together. In 2020 they completed a coming of age short film S.A.M, which explores acceptance and how people living with a learning disability can feel about love and sexuality. It stars HOLLYOAKS actor David Tag, ACKLEY BRIDGE’s Sam Retford and Mencap ambassador George Webster, with support from Mencap. They are currently developing a feature length version with Island Films. To listen to the episode:
May 09, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast S2: - Rosemary Baker (Lesbian)
Rosemary discusses being open about your sexuality in the workplace, considers if she is a filmmaker that happens to be lesbian or a lesbian who happens to be a filmmaker and more importantly why is it still difficult for some people to say the word lesbian? “Lesbian.” is a fierce, urgent poem by award-winning British-Syrian writer lisa luxx. It’s about the word “lesbian”, and the decades of toxic connotations that have made it feel like a hostile piece of language:  So much so that today, many queer women hesitate before using it. Rosemary Baker’s short film of the poem, which features a cast of real queer women, uses intricate body painting to bring to life what those layers of toxicity feel like. In an era of headline-hitting attacks on lesbians in public, it is a call to arms to take the word back. Rosemary Baker is a queer filmmaker and visual artist in Wales, with an established career in documentary filmmaking for television. Her film “Lesbian.”, originally commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts short film platform at the Edinburgh International TV Festival in 2019, is her debut short film, and her first collaboration with the spoken word artist lisa luxx. To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
April 25, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast S2: - Emmalie El Fadli (From A to Q)
‘From A to Q’ is the story of 22 year old Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. Only problem is; Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before… She now has to navigate through her new found feelings, all the while trying really hard not to mess up the friendship she’s had since she was 5. Emmalie is a writer, director and editor based in London who grew up in Spain, France and the US. In 2018 she made her first lesbian short film called ‘The Date’ which went on to do very well at film festivals around the world and has over 800k views online. Since then, she’s set out to create positive lesbian representation and in 2020, she made her second short film ‘From A to Q’. She’s very passionate about telling real human stories and hopes to continue doing so for as long as she can. To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
April 11, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast S2: - James Bell & Leo Lebeau (Birthday Boy)
James Bell and Leo Lebeau Birthday Boy London based filmmakers James and Leo discuss the importance of authentic storytelling, how they engaged with the Trans community and secured their trust, and the challenges and rewards of being determined to find a Trans actor to play the lead role in Birthday Boy. “Birthday Boy”  A transgender boy celebrates his birthday in online games, away from the bullying he faces at an all-girls school. A film by an LGBTQ+ crew. To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
March 31, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast S2: - Efa Blosse-Mason (Cwch Deilen)
Efa Blosse-Mason discusses her love of animation, how she sustained a wrist injury while animating and why she wants to create something "naughty and sexy" are just some of the topics covered in this podcast with Cardiff based Iris alumni, Efa. 'Cwch Deilen': An animated love story about a leaf which becomes a boat, and fears come out of the murky waters as sea monsters and storms. Will the Leaf Boat survive the tumultuous waves? AWARDS: Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
March 01, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast S2: - Margo Roe (Pop)
‘Pop’ Storyline: Jack is a young boy exploring his own identity when he befriends a recently released ex-convict, Pop. The pair bond, but Pop's past and his inability to control his emotions threaten to put Jack in danger. Margo Roe is a writer, director and choreographer from the Midlands, UK. Her career started with a theatre commission from the The Lincoln Company, co-directing a physical theatre piece for the TLC’s Edinburgh Fringe Tour 2014. In 2016 she was commissioned by Channel 4/Creative England Random Acts programme to direct and choreograph NAME, a short dance film now available on the Channel 4 website. Margo’s recent short film ‘ Searching for Cowardice’ was created as part of the BBC New Creatives programme and broadcast as part of BBC4’s Female Filmmakers screening. ‘Searching for Cowardice‘ is now being adapted as a TV series with BFI Young Audience Content Fund and has been selected for the Torino Series Lab 2021. Margo’s BFI Midlands Short film ‘POP’, is now entering the film festival circuit. To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
February 24, 2022
Iris Prize Podcast: Rosanagh Griffiths (Cindy)
'Cindy' Storyline: Cindy’s first time performing in drag might be camp and outrageous, but it isn’t exactly a success. Rosanagh is a queer Australian filmmaker, based in London. In 2017 Rosanagh set up Spinster Films – a production company focused on producing creative-led intersectional female-driven projects. Since its inception, Spinster has produced the short doc My Mama, A Man, which was selected for this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and the forthcoming short narrative film Cindy, Rosanagh’s directorial debut, co-produced with Sevana Films. Rosanagh is currently in production on the feature documentary Purity, directed by Susy Peña, which follows the story of a Ugandan trans refugee activist in Kenya as they prepare for relocation to Sweden. Spinster is also currently developing short narrative projects with Rashida Seriki and Dray K. In addition to her work as a producer and director, Rosanagh has had a respected career in Post Production, working on films including Brian Welsh’s Beats and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. To listen to the podcast: To watch the film visit:
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: John Ogunmuyiwa (Mandem)
'Mandem' Storyline: A job is just a job. But as with anything, time flies when you’re doing it with your best friend, and today’s no different. We follow Ty & Malcolm as they go about their daily routine. Just another day for two really good friends. John Ogunmuyiwa is an award-winning Nigerian-born London-bred filmmaker; both director & writer. His work draws upon a constant questioning of what it means to be normal. Using daily observations as a base, he tends to bring a tinge of surrealism into his work. All with the aim of telling untold stories from a different perspective. @JohnOgunz | @EmilyEverdee 
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Michael J Ferns (Better)
'Better' Storyline: As Max explores his gender identity, the bullying he faces at school becomes increasingly severe. When Max’s mum hears of a controversial new medical procedure that could protect him, she’s faced with a near-impossible personal and ethical dilemma. Michael J Ferns is a BAFTA Scotland Award Winning and two-time Children’s BAFTA nominated director. Originally from Scotland, he moved to London six years ago and began directing full time. He has always been obsessed with the filmmaking process, starting to shoot and edit at age 12, culminating in a BAFTA Scotland win for a no-budget feature he shot, directed, and edited when he was 16. Since then, his love for filmmaking has only grown and has found him working across both television commercials and TV. @mjfdirector | @kirstydua
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: James Corley (The Scene)
David doesn’t want to go out. But when his ex-husband Troy turns up, he feels like he might be able to face the scene again. James Corley is a writer and filmmaker. He trained as an actor at LAMDA and a writer with Stephen Jeffreys. Short films include THE YELLOW ROOM and THE SCENE (as writer/director). Stage Plays include WORLD’S END, Kings Head Theatre (Theatre Weekly’s Off-West End Pick of the Year, 2019).
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Marco Alessi (Pompeii)
'Pompeii' Storyline: Tam gets on the first tube home alone. He plugs in his earphones and begins reliving his Halloween night out via his phone. Marco Alessi is a writer and director based in London. His narrative shorts include FOUR QUARTETS (LFF 2018; Berlinale 2019, Crystal Bear Jury Special Mention; distributed by Peccadillo), TONI_WITH_AN_I, co-written with Mary Antony (BBC/BFI co-production; broadcast on BBC 4), and POMPEII, co-writer/co-director with Harry Lighton and Matthew Jacobs Morgan (Film4; LFF 2019; BIFA longlisted). His next short, THE BOWER is inspired by Derek Jarman’scanonisation. He is currently developing his first feature, CAMPOMARINO
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Nichola Wong (The Passing)
'The Passing' Storyline: A mortician has a difficult day at work. Nichola Wong is an award-winning Writer-Director and 2020 Sundance Fellow. She recently won All3 Media’s New Drama Script award at Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voice awards. She is a BFI NET.WORK x BAFTA Crew listed Director and a graduate of the prestigious NFTS Directors Workshop, supported by Walt Disney. Her latest film The Passing premiered at Channel 4 and screened at BFI Flare this spring. Her previous short films have played at film festivals all around the world, more recently BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica and Underwire, where she was nominated for Best Director.
October 09, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Abel Rubinstein (Dungarees)
'Dungarees' Storyline: What even is a male? Why can’t I wear a dress? Fuck it. Let’s have sex and worry about it later. Transgender Blake and cisgender Cane hang out, play video games and grapple with their insecurities. This is their love story. Abel Rubinstein is a British filmmaker whose work uses powerful performances and comedy to tackle important social issues. His work has screened at prestigious BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. VICE named his work “poignant and sweet, but also hilarious.”
October 08, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Matt Mahmood-Ogston (My God, I’m Queer)
My God, I’m Queer Storyline: Can you be Muslim and gay? A bereaved fiancé goes on a deeply personal journey to prevent the tragedy from ever happening again. Matt Mahmood-Ogston is a filmmaker and the Founder of Naz and Matt Foundation, a multi award-winning charity dedicated to tackling religious and cultural homophobia. He set up the foundation in memory of his fiancé and soulmate of thirteen years, Dr Naz Mahmood, who sadly took his own life two days after his deeply religious parents confronted him about his sexuality. His charity has helped hundreds of LGBTQ+ individuals who have come to them for support – and has been instrumental in securing safety and asylum for many individuals facing abuse and the prospect of being killed if they were forced to return to their country of birth. Matt has committed his life to tackling this problem and uses filmmaking as a platform to amplify the voices of those who can inspire change. He regularly speaks at secondary schools, universities, public sector organisations and to the press about the extreme challenges of being LGBTQI+ and born into a strict religious family. Naz and Matt’s personal story helped inspire a ground-breaking storyline in one of the most-watched TV programmes in Britain – Coronation Street. Their tragic love story has been shared around the world in the form of the BBC Folk Award nominated song “Be the Man”, released in the charts by The Young’Uns and performed at Glastonbury.
October 08, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Anna Winstone (Rhiw Goch)
'Rhiw Goch - On The Red Hill' Storyline: The intimate story of a Welsh Farmhouse that was passed down a generation thanks to an unlikely friendship. Anna Winstone is a Documentary filmmaker from the Isle of Anglesey now based in Cardiff. Anna specialises in making documentaries in both Welsh and English that explore what it is that makes us human, through finding stories of love, loss, and survival.
October 08, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Adam Tyler (Just Me)
'Just Me' Storyline: As Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary, sparking a conversation that will change them both forever. Adam Tyler is a five-time BAFTA Children’s Award-winning director and writer. Adam has worked across five years creating short dramas and documentaries for TrueTube, during which time they have directed a total of ten BAFTA Children’s Award-nominated films, with their work also nominated for another 24 awards. Adam’s short drama Refugee became the first-ever online-only film to win the BAFTA Children’s Award for Drama in 2016, and they collected the award again for Like Me in 2017. Adam’s documentary What Do You Mean I Can’t Change The World? won the inaugural BAFTA Children’s Award for Content for Change, and saw them nominated for their first BAFTA for Directing. While developing Just Me Adam began questioning their own gender identity and has since come out as non-binary.   @TrueTube | @Ffion0Evans | @sambuchanan100  | @tobyfilm | @ctvc | @robertjayres
October 08, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: James Lucas (Paint the Dragons’ Eyes)
'Paint the Dragons’ Eyes' Storyline: Arthur and Otto are late for a very important wedding in the English countryside. Setting off on Otto’s chopper ‘Excalibur’, they encounter a number of obstacles that will test their determination and will. James Lucas is a black British/ New Zealand Oscar-winning screenwriter. After graduating from film school at London Metropolitan, being a Writer/Researcher at Talkback Television and an Assistant Editor at Tank Magazine, James began working at Ridley Scott’s RSA Films. His role expanded quickly, becoming an in-house creative strategist – conceptualizing and developing branded entertainment for the likes of Paul Smith, Triumph and Johnny Walker. He has also executive produced projects for the likes of Jaeger and O2. Simultaneously, he composed original music for commercials and film; undertaking projects for clients such as NOW TV, Wallpaper Magazine, Orange, BBC and Sega, as well as finding the time to perform as a cast member in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. In 2013 he wrote and produced a short film called ‘The Phone Call’, with director Mat Kirkby and starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent. The film went on to win 16 international film festival awards, including Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festival. In February 2015, James Lucas won the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film for the film.
October 07, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Jamie Weston (Wings)
'Wings' Storyline: A heart-warming love story between two Land Army girls during World War II, spanning over six decades. Jamie Weston is an award-winning Film Director, whose previous feature movies (FoxTrap, Darker Shades of Elise, Mandy the Doll and Journey’s End: The Story) have been distributed by the likes of Sony Home Entertainment & Lionsgate. Weston’s latest short films ‘WINGS’ and ‘Midsummer’ captivate audiences worldwide; whilst Jamie creates virtual reality content and completes his audiobook ‘Fox & Glove’.
October 07, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Ian Smith (Go Home Polish)
'Go Home Polish' Storyline: Angered by graffiti scribbled in a British backstreet demanding ‘Go Home Polish’, a photographer embarks on a thousand-mile walk back to his birthplace in search of home. Ian Smith is a filmmaker based in Cardiff, Wales. Born in Lancashire he moved to Wales to study film at Newport Film School, where he was influenced by renowned documentary filmmaker John Grierson, the school’s Patron. Ian went on to become a BBC producer and director where he created a variety of formats, films and documentaries including Wales and Hollywood, How The Co-op Started, Homelessness: On the Edge. Ian also worked on drama formats including Doctor Who, War of the Worlds, Mistresses amongst many others. He continues to work for the BBC as a freelancer on current affairs, factual and music output. He also produces films through his company Auntie Margaret.
October 07, 2020
Iris Prize Podcast: Nick Bechman (Queens)
'Queens' Storyline: Michael, a quiet man not used to grand gestures of emotion, embarks on an extraordinary journey one evening after work. By following his heart, Michael finds himself part of the drag community, and his understanding of family changes forever. Nick Bechman makes his directorial debut with QUEENS.  Nick left Royal Marines Young Officer Training two years ago to pursue a career in Film. Since then he has been working on various productions for SKY and the BBC. Within the last year, he co-founded ‘Orange Door Pictures’ with his two close friends – Kit Patrick, a freelance producer whom he worked with on Bulletproof Series 2 (Sky One), and actor Josh Dylan – Noughts and Crosses (BBC), End of the F**king World (Netflix), Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again – a dear friend and confidante.
October 06, 2020