On Tuesday 8th October, we were delighted to attend the opening night of the Iris Prize Festival to celebrate ‘I Feel Love’ made by Tonyrefail pupils.
The six-minute film written by Ellie Davies and Carys Wiggins won the Iris Prize competition, competing with films submitted by professional filmmakers from around the world and was described in the programme as “1980’s ballroom couture, what more could you ask for?”
The glitzy event hosted by Cineworld Cardiff and compared by television presenter Angharad Mair and drag artist Jolene Dover, was broadcast live on Iris Live!
Thursday 10th October was Education day, with the films being screened for schools. BAFTA NTA Nominated/Iris Prize BBSF Winner, Katie White, interviewed Ellie & Carys following the film presentation and they participated in a Q&A session with the audience.
Mikael Bundsen from Sweden won the Iris Prize in 2017. The prize allows the winner to make a new film and in 2018 Mikael filmed Involuntary Activist in Pontypridd and Cardiff.
Exploring the theme of conformity versus defiance – Involuntary Activist shows us how easy it is to stand for something in theory but what a different matter it is to stand for it in practice.
Ellie and Carys were the only film makers invited to host and interview the main Character, Rick Yale and cinematographer Kristoffer Jonsson of ‘The Involuntary Activist’.
The girls captivated everyone with their extensive and sophisticated questions, which impressed the interviewees, audience and Katie White. Iris Prize are confident that this will not be the last time we see films written by Ellie and Carys, on the big screen.
Ellie & Carys were a true credit to the school throughout the Iris Prize process, and reflected the positive, inclusive and diverse community that we are in Tonyrefail.