Wed 06 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Iris has been sharing stories from around the world for 15 years, so it’s always a pleasure and a privilege when we can share some from places new. Encompassing drama, documentary and a music video, these films take us to Russia, Iran, Bulgaria, war-torn Libya and the First Nation community of Manawan, Quebec. Globally, the rights and freedoms of Queer people vary greatly, and though these films shine a light on the terrible difficulties many still face, they also offer messages of hope.

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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
A sex worker and a driver form an unusual partnership. A young man, new in town, wanders its dangerous streets, searching for his date. A mixed race couple takes a tense cab ride across 1980s New York. A young couple invite a stranger into their apartment and then their bed.
These are hard-hitting, uncompromising stories, dealing with themes of violence, sexual exploitation, racism, and desire.
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Short Films 2021
14:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
In these documentary shorts we hear from those facing persecution in Tanzania, and a transgender reality star in Israel looking back on her moment in the spotlight. In Australia, a lesbian couple look back on a lifetime of love and activism, while a transgender pioneer describes his journey from child actress to body builder. All four films are a powerful, enriching opportunity to understand the past and work towards a better future.
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Thu 07 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
As Covid-19 ravages the US a gay man contemplates returning to his family in China, leaving behind his boyfriend and a way of life. In Japan, a transgender man must choose between city life with his girlfriend and remaining in the community where he grew up. In Berlin a gender fluid student bonds with their Vietnamese grandmother and the traditions of their ancestors.

The title of this programme is a line from Jackfruit, the last of these films, but it’s a theme present in all three stories from East Asia and the diaspora communities of the west.
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Fri 08 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Doorstep flirtation with a delivery guy, a toe-curling train station encounter between couples, the unusual meeting of a motorcyclist and a transgender performing artist, and a beautiful tale of burgeoning romance. With a nod to the black and white movie written by gay actor and playwright Noel Coward, this programme is all about chance encounters, good, bad and simply awkward.
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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
As single mum Jessica attempts to impress her new girlfriend over breakfast a mysterious stranger arrives, telling Jessica’s daughter Robyn that she looks just like his mother. As confusion and tensions rise, his connection with their family becomes apparent.
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Short Films 2021
19:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
Life-changing encounters, the love and support of friends and a fabulous night out in Rio for a group of young black Favelados. These four films, from Sweden, France, Spain and Brazil, really capture the excitement and trepidation of being young and queer.
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Sat 09 Oct 2021
Short Films 2021
10:30
PREMIERE CINEMAS
This programme is just a taster of some of the great Lesbian shorts you’ll see this year at Iris. With loud and proud performance poetry and intimate character studies, boldly daring animation and a love story told in reverse, this is also a showcase of excellent women directors, both experienced filmmakers and exciting new talent alike.
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Short Films 2021
12:15
PREMIERE CINEMAS
In God’s Daughter Dances, a beautiful transgender woman faces the prospect of national service in the army, while in De La Terreur, Mes Soeurs, a Goth girl and her friends embark on a candy-coloured fantasy of revenge. Though the films in this double bill address the cruelty and prejudice Trans people face, ultimately they are tales of triumph, empowering, uplifting and occasionally outrageous, and a cinematic two-fingered salute to the transphobes!
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