IRIS 2018

As many of you know for the last 6 days I attended the Iris Film Festival in Cardiff, I like to share with you my experience and winners of iris 2018…

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If you enjoy films, love creativity and generally just want a fun welcoming time make sure you attend iris 2019, This has been my 2nd year the people I’ve met from Cardiff, London, Europe, New York, LA and Canada it is honest on my heart a family!! Already I can not wait for October 2019 to see my iris family all over again! 

See below the winners from this year, and all the information you need to know, plus i urge you to see these films… 

 

Iris Prize Winners
 Three Centimetres, by Lebanese director Lara Zeidan wins international Iris Prize
 Beyond ‘There’s always a black issue, dear’ wins Best British Award
 Best Feature Film win for AIDS drama 1985
IRIS PRIZE
Three Centimetres, directed by Lebanese filmmaker Lara Zeidan, has been announced the winner of the Iris Prize 2018, Cardiff’s International LGBT+ Short Film Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. This was the first time in the festival’s 12-year history that a film from Lebanon has been nominated for the prize. The £30,000 prize will allow Lara to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the eleventh Iris production.

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The winners were announced at the second Iris Carnival at Cardiff’s Tramshed on Sunday, marking the culmination of six days of film screenings, parties and talks. The awards show included performances by Welsh musical artists Bright Light Bright Light, Lily Beau and These Brittle Bones.
International Jury Chair Carrie Lyell, editor of DIVA magazine, said: “Three Centimetres is such an audacious film. It’s so refreshing to hear female sexuality spoken off in such a frank and positive way, and from a female perspective. It’s visually stunning, with utterly convincing dialogue and engaging characters, and it uses the form of short film perfectly to tell its story.

And it’s so nice to see a coming out story in a context and a setting that feel new. It’s like nothing we’ve seen before.”
Of the film’s writer and director Lara Zeidan she said, “We all agreed that we couldn’t wait to see what she does next. If there’s any justice in the world, she has a great career ahead of her.”
After winning the prize, Lara Zeidan said, “I’m delighted to have won the Iris Prize. I love
working in short film – It’s all about sharing small but meaningful moments.”
The prize was presented by Lord Glendonbrook, whose Michael Bishop Foundation supports the Iris Prize.
The three finalists in the international category were announced at an event on Saturday
afternoon, with Pre-Drink, by Canadian filmmaker Marc-Antoine Lemire, and British director Harry Lighton’s film Wren Boys named alongside Three Centimetres.
“Wren Boys is a huge feat, executed perfectly,” the jury said. “It was shot on film, which we so rarely see, and it drew us instantly into that world, challenging our prejudices and
expectations. It was refreshing to see a positive depiction of masculinity and the
relationship between gay men and straight men.”
Of Pre-Drink the jury said, “This was a stunning exploration of the fluidity of attraction,
challenging but accessible, and the performances were superb. It portrayed sex in a positive,
shame-free way, and handled the subject of consent with a lightness of touch. It sparkled.”

 

BEST BRITISH AWARD
Beyond ‘There’s always a black issue, dear’, directed by London-based photographer Claire Lawrie, was announced as Best British Short, sponsored by Pinewood Studios.
Chair of the Best British jury, Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) said, “Its visual
choices are on point, its soundtrack perfectly orchestrated, and its treatment, presentation and representation of its subjects deserves the highest commendation.

A truly magnificent film, showing the adversity and struggle of an era and the people who fought and survived and influenced society through their art and creativity. It made us want to see so much more.” Beyond… was named alongside Abena Taylor-Smith’s film Ladies Day and Wren Boys in the top three films from this category, with a special commendation going to Bachelor, 38, from Cardiff-based filmmaker Angela Clarke.
Rod added: “The jury loved Ladies Day’s visual choices, the diversity of its characters and its ability to raise an often ignored conversation with quiet resilience and pride, demonstrating a promising future in the director's career.
“Wren Boys is an extraordinary piece that deals with heavy subject matter with both
humour and punch. By playing with our own presumptions and expectations, and constantly keeping us surprised, the story was a triumph.
“And Bachelor, 38 delivered one of the most beautiful and touching love stories, told with
extreme respect and care for its subject. The film’s majesty lies in its ability to let the
protagonist voice the entire piece.”

The Best British Prize was presented by Andrew Smith of Pinewood Studios.FEATURE FILM AWARDS:
The Best Feature Award sponsored by Bad Wolf Studios, was won by Yen Tan’s drama 1985. The jury said, “Writer/Director Yen Tan has crafted a film of intimate moments sewn together with such care that found ourselves wholly immersed, feeling equal parts sadness and hope.”
Best Performance in a Male Role, sponsored by Attitude Magazine, was awarded to Félix
Maritaud for Sauvage. “Through Félix’s honest, vulnerable portrayal as a young gay hustler surviving on the streets in France, we were pulled into his world from the opening scene.”

Best Performance in a Female Role, sponsored by DIVA Magazine, was awarded to Jamie
Chung for 1985. “Every scene Jamie appeared in was thoughtful, heartbreaking, and so honest we felt like we were in the room with her.”
YOUTH AWARD
The Iris Prize Youth Award, sponsored by Cardiff University, was won by the Australian film Mrs McCutcheon, from director John Sheedy. The award was voted for by audience
members at the Iris Education Day on Friday and the Pride Cymru Youth Conference on
Saturday, who had the opportunity to watch five films considered age appropriate from this year’s programme.

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Aaron Wise Apartments Cardiff, Wales

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The night spent at Aaron Wise Cardiff, Wales UK. 

One word WOW!! Myself and my partner got invited to spend one night at these gorgeous apartments, We were lucky to have the One Bedroom Deluxe Suite. 

 

Arriving at the apartments was very easy, I park right by the there, with 30 second walk, It was only £8 which is cheap for Cardiff central, The apartment was on the top floor, and it was stunning, modern, clean, fresh I felt like I was at home in my own apartment!

Having all the essentials there including Fridge, Toast, Bathrobes, Towels, Elemis goodies,  and even a coffee machine! ALSO one thing I was very happy about was the ICE in the freezer!

We did go about for a few drinks in the evening, the walk to town was 5-10 minutes at your on St Mary Street, Literally its just over the bridge and your there in the central, So no taxi or busses necessary.

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I slept so comfortably nothing disturbed me, I like to say “Out Like A Light” which what happened, People think staying by the city its going to be busy / noisy but honestly it wasn’t at all! I woke up forgetting where I am! The shower I wanted to take home.. It was so nice!!!! Its 3 things I look for when I stay away …

  1. Good Bed
  2. Good Shower
  3. Tea and Coffee 

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Aaron Wise Apartments derived this and much more… I highly recommend them. 

If you fancy staying you can get 10% off using my code SCOTT10 and enjoy a relaxing city break just like I did. 

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Richard Mylan By Scott McGlynn

Richard Mylan, A welsh actor that has appeared in amazing shows the  likes of
BBC Waterloo road, Bad Girls and Where the heart is.
I met up with Richard to see who his inspiration is, Future project’s and much more..
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Scott: Who was your actor idols growing up?
Richard: I wasn’t big on actors as a kid… Apart from Michael Jackson, I was a massive Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire fan… Still am.

Scott: When did you know acting was your passion and wanted it to be career of yours?
Richard: I trained as a dancer & started out in the musicals (I played ‘Flat Top’ then ‘Electra’ in Starlight Express)… I kind of just fell into acting, loved it, never looked back.

Scott: You been in some amazing programmes like “Bad Girls” “Where the heart is” and “waterloo road” how was the auditioning process?
Richard: The audition process is always tough & that will never change. You have to develop thick skin very quickly in order to manage inevitable rejection… The upside is, it makes success taste even sweeter when it comes around & you learn to appreciate every second.

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Scott: You also produced some projects, Will we be seeing more from you?
Richard: I’m always writing & developing projects. It keeps my creativity flowing. I’m currently co writing & directing the comedy series ‘TownHill’ with my good friend Stefan Pejic. Very excited about it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.

Scott: What advice would you give people starting out in acting?
Richard: Keep busy- find projects, share your talents. Above all- do it because you love it & always maintain belief in your abilities.

Scott: Who would you love to work with? Actor & Actress?
Richard: Woody Allen… Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Spacey- I could go on & on.

Scott: It is hard to break any industry, did you have hard times not getting parts you wanted?
Richard: Yes definitely. It really tests your metal! You have to go through those times. It makes you stronger & ultimately, better.

Scott: Will performing on stage be interesting to you? 
Richard: Absolutely!!! I cannot wait to get started! I love the theatre as much as film & television.

Scott: What projects do you have coming up?
Richard: http://franticassembly.co.uk/productions/things-i-know-be-true-uk-tour/

Scott: What’s your best inspiring quote you seen?
Richard: The world seems saturated with inspirational quotes these days… They’re getting slightly annoying tbh. I’ll make one up…
“Don’t live your life by quotes… Especially this one”
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Please support his Charity Action for Autism – Action4Autism

Lucie Jones Interview with Scott McGlynn

I’ve known the amazing talented Lucie for a while, and I couldn’t wait to have a interview with her for you all enjoy….

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Scott – Firstly congratulations on the engagement, have you got any dates when the big day might be?

 
Lucie – Thank you so much! It’s all very exciting… We have a few dates in mind but nothing is set in stone just yet. Definitely not until 2017 though as this year is going to be very busy. 

Scott – We saw you on the x-factor in 2009, what do you think of the show now and Dermot O’Leary saying it should take a break?
 
Lucie Everyone knows the show isn’t the same as it used to be- whether those changes are for the positive or the negative is personal opinion. Dermot knows the show better than most so I’m sure most would agree with him.

Scott –  What do you think of Louisa Johnson being crowned the winner?
Lucie – I love her voice. She’s uber talented!  

Scott –  Are you still contact with Dannii Minogue or any of the contestants?
Lucie – Yes I am still in contact with Dannii she is a truly wonderful human. I am in touch with loads of people from the show- not just contestants from my year and other years shows but the crew on the show and the security guys and the Label and production company ect. It was a huge experience so keeping the friends I made there is very important to me. 

Scott –  Recently you did ghost the musical the Asian tour, Can you tell us about it and your experience? 
 
Lucie – Playing Molly in Ghost the Musical was a fantastic experience. I played the role of my dreams whilst travelling through countries I never expected I would spend good time in. It was hard work but absolutely worth it. LOVED IT!

Scott –  We saw you in ITVs Midsomer Murders, Will we be seeing more of you on TV or Film in the future? 
Lucie – Midsomer Murders was so much fun, I was very lucky to get that role! Yes I will be doing more TV soon.
 
Scott –  We just found out you be playing Elle Woods in legally blonde musical (my personal favourite) can you tell us about it?
Lucie – YES! Elle baby- SO EXCITING! Another dream role of mine. I loved the film growing up and the musical played the westend for a few years and I saw it a few times. It’ll be fun to play such a bubbly, girlie yet intelligent character.
Scott –  What was the audition process like?
Lucie – Audition processes are always completely different. Sometimes you do 5 or 6 auditions- sometimes just 1 or 2! In this case I did 2 auditions but was working in Cardiff at the time so hurrying back to london to sing and read scenes with the director.
Scott –  If you wasn’t singing/performing what do you think you be doing?
Lucie – Probably working in production. I would love to organise and produce events and concerts. 

Scott – You travelled all over the world, Which place did you personal enjoy the most and would go back tomorrow? 
Lucie – I have been to some amazing places and had some incredible experiences. I really loved Shanghai last year and would love to go back and visit, although I love NYC and am looking forward to working there- hopefully! 
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Interview with Nathan Wyburn

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I recently sat down with Nathan Wyburn BGT Semi Finalist about his new book Not That Kind of Art and what the future holds…

1. How has life been since BGT (Britain Got Talent)?

It’s been fantastic, not many people get to do what they love for a living, I’m one of the lucky ones for sure. The show gave me a huge platform to get my work out there (although YouTube was doing well too) I still get the Toast Boy or Marmite Man remarks today almost 5 years on!

2. Your new book “Not That Kind of Art” is out now, Can you tell us a bit more about it?

It’s a coffee table book, mostly made up of images of my favourite work from 2010-2015 . There’re 80 pop culture portraits all created using different materials, from food to fake tan, paintings with my feet and even my tongue. There’s also a 20 page autobiography at the start explaining my life and career to date.

3. What good advise can you give to BGT 2016 auditionee’s?

Believe in yourself, take it all in your stride and don’t take any of it for granted. The instant fame is there, but a lot of hard work comes afterwards.

4. Releasing your book has this been a goal of yours?

Yes! I remember Christmas dinner and saying to my parents “I’m going to get signed and make a book this year”. It’s so difficult to keep up with things these days, especially for people like my grandparents who don’t have social media. I wanted there to be a solid place where people could go and enjoy my work – the book has become that.

5. What does 2016 hold for Nathan Wyburn?

Well I never know! The work naturally happens around current affairs and breaking stories, new movies and celebrity culture. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing next week, and I like it that way. I’m an affairs documenting pop culture life as it happens – just like Warhol did a few decades before me.

6. Lastly what’s your favourite emoji 🙂

I really like the monkey holding his hands over his face – I use it all the time! 🙈

 

I have to say he’s an incredible guy full of talent, I’m excited to see what 2016 hold for him!

Debut book ‘Not That Kind Of Art’ available on Amazon now!
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