Inside Out: Welsh film Wild Geese to premiere at Toronto LGBT Film Festival
After a week spent in the Canadian city, DIVA's Danielle Mustarde rounds up the lez/bi crème de la crème of Toronto's LGBT Film Fest 🇨🇦
WILD GEESE. IRIS PRIZE.
Having just spent a week in T'ronto (as the locals call it) for the 35th International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association meet, it was lovely to land back in the UK to find that the Cardiff-based, Iris Prize-produced short film Wild Geese will premiere at Toronto's LGBT Film Festival, Inside Out, this month.
Inspired by both the intercontinental film news, and powered by an overdose of maple syrup and poutine, we've given a little roundup of Wild Geese, and picked out a few of our favourite lez/bi films due to show at this year's festival while we were at it. Enjoy eh, buddy, eh.
WILD GEESE (2017)
A story of recovery and the redemptive nature of love, Wild Geese tells the story of Amy who catches her husband in the act and accidentally falls down a flight of stairs, waking up with amnesia, and believing she's 16 years old and the year is 1999! Filmed on location in and around Cardiff during the summer of 2017, with a cast including Emma Pierson, Lisa McGrillis and Christian Brassington, Wild Geese is the ninth short film produced by the Cardiff-based Iris Prize to premiere at Toronto's Inside Out.
“The Iris team gave me a wonderful opportunity to continue my exploration of comedy in a lesbian world," said Susan Jacobson, director.
"Iris opened-up a creative space where I was able to bring in talented, passionate people, and together we made a film that has one of life’s most important messages at its heart - being true to yourself. Comedy for me is more powerful than drama, if you can get people to laugh, you can slip in a poignant message, a truth under and elevate the audience’s experience.
"The LGBT+ audience is crying out for funny stories about their own struggles and triumphs, and I am honoured, through the amazing support of Iris, to be able to add my funny to lesbian films.”
Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming at Inside Out, added: “We comb through hundreds of short films annually to thoughtfully curate 14 programs. The selection process is very competitive and we're always aware of the impact programming short films can have on emerging filmmaker's career.
"Wild Geese was an easy choice for us with it's hilarious yet poignant premise wrapped in that dark British humour we love so much."
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (2018) Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is your average teenage girl. But after a prom night mishap in which she is caught in the act with another young woman, Cameron is sent to a facility that seeks to eliminate same-sex attractions. Despite being subjected to discipline and “de-gaying” methods, she finds herself in a new and exciting community. For the first time, Cameron connects with others like her, and finally has a chance to see herself reflected in her world. Read the full synopsis on the Inside Out site here.
HALF THE PICTURE (2018) Directed by Amy Adrion
Women account for fifty percent of moviegoers in North America, but of the highest-grossing 100 films in 2017, only eight percent were directed by women. With the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements currently advancing discourse about women in the industry, Half the Picture is as timely as they come. Read the full synopsis here.
HEARTS BEAT LOUD (2017) Directed by
Frank (Nick Offerman) and Sam (Kiersey Clemons) are the coolest of father/daughter duos. Frank owns a record store in Brooklyn, Sam is months away from heading off to UCLA pre-med, and every week the two get together for family jam sessions. The only problem? Frank’s store is failing and he finds himself in need of a new career path. When he and Sam write a particularly catchy song during their weekly session, Frank has an idea. They should start a band, of course! Read the full synopsis here.
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