By Berwyn Rowlands
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19 March 2019
• Rick Yale, John Partridge, Suzanne Packer and Eiry Hughes star in INVOLUNTARY ACTIVIST – the 10th short film made with the Iris Prize
• “Mikael’s taken the ordinary and created something extraordinary, which captures the gay experience in 2019.”
• INVOLUNTARY ACTIVIST available on BBC iPlayer for a month following premier on BBC Two Wales on Thursday 21 March 2019


Involuntary Activist
, the 10th short film made with the Iris Prize starring Rick Yale, John Partridge and Suzanne Packer will be available on the BBC iPlayer following the premiere on BBC Two Wales on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 11.15pm.

Written and directed by 2017 Iris Prize winner Mikael Bundsen the film follows Aled who is faced with a dilemma when his sister tells him his husband isn’t on the guest list to her wedding in Turkey. Torn between alienating the sister he loves or doing something that goes against his own core values, Aled struggles to keep everyone happy.

Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, commented:
“Mikael Bundsen, the film’s writer and director has taken the ordinary and created something extraordinary, which captures the gay experience in 2019 in a film which is visually stunning. I’m very proud of what Team Iris has achieved allowing Mikael to create this important piece of work.”
“Over the past decade or so the creative team behind the Iris Prize have worked with winners from Australia (3), USA (2), Germany, Norway, Israel, UK and Mikael from Sweden. Later this year they will be working with a film maker from the Lebanon. On reflection we have one of the most experienced creative teams working in the World today and it all happens here in Cardiff.”

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:
“I’m delighted that BBC Wales has again agreed to share another of the Iris Productions with their audience. They’ve been with us from the start and we value their support in helping us find new audiences for LGBT+ content. Sharing Involuntary Activist on the BBC iPlayer will allow audiences across the UK to see this important film.”

Involuntary Activist is now available for festival screenings and enquiries should be addressed to Grant Vidgen. 

A trailer for the film is available here:

More details about the screening on BBC iPlayer available here.

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, For Cardiff, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect, Gelert Post Production and Cineworld. The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.

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