Australian film Tarniet wins top prize at Iris Prize LGBTQ Film Festival
The 2022 edition of the Iris Prize LGBTQ Film Festival has been held in Cardiff and the trophies have been handed out.
Tarneit, directed by John Sheedy, has been announced the winner of the top prize – Best Short Film.
Queer Parivaar, directed by Shiva Raichandani, has won the prize for Best British Short.
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.
‘The quality of the films in competition is as high as it is diverse, and we’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the selection process – which is exactly where we want films to take us…” explains Bård Ydén, chair of the jury for this category. “A number of films stood out, however, and in particular, Tarneit. It touched us in numerous ways, through exceptional storytelling and performances. This is a multi-layered film that will stay with you and we can’t wait to see what the filmmaker will present us with in the future.”
When a mysterious gatecrasher appears at their wedding, Madhav and Sufi are forced to face past secrets and reflect on what makes a family.
‘This year’s British shorts at Iris once again reveal an array of talented filmmakers – from the joyful and warm winning short, Queer Parivaar, directed by Shiva Raichandani – through to all the films that were shortlisted…” said Tim Highsted, chair of the jury for this category.
Iris Prize will return in 2023: 10 October – 15 October