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From London to Liverpool: IFL x #LIF2021 short film programme

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6 films in package
First Kiss (With A Girl)
Exploring that special sort of 11pm-tipsy-nightclub magic of late adolescence, First Kiss (With A Girl) is a kitschy, low-fi, bubblegum-sweet glance at queer intimacy.
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Cyril does not go out much, in fact he hardly leaves his apartment at all any more. He suffers from pogonophobia, the fear of beards. Forced out one evening, an act of bullying at Grand Canal Dock will change all that.
A grandfather struggles with his identity and grandson's homophobia.
Becoming Cherrie
A short documentary about actor and performer Matthew Cavan, aka Belfast’s most-loved drag artists, Cherrie Ontop, living with HIV in a conservative Northern Irish society.
The Full Package
Having just moved into his new place, Liam is confused when a package for "Kelly Kinsella" is mistakenly delivered to his address. His housemate Mark, an ever-present voice from an adjacent room, believes it's the old tenant and advises Liam to get in touch via an email left by the landlord. Upon sending the email, Mark plants an idea in Liam's head. When Liam gets a flirty reply from Kelly suggesting collecting the package, he starts to fantasize about what Kelly looks like. With their rendezvous approaching, Liam gets himself ready. The movie ends with Kelly's big reveal.
Hold the Sausage
Through an experimental lens, we see the drama unfold as Saoirse is interrogated by her Nanny after refusing her sausages. Saoirse is a modern Irish Catholic teenager, showcasing the progressive youth and nature of Northern Ireland - 'wrecking' her Nanny's nerves in the process.

This year, Irish FIlm London have partnered with the Liverpool Irish Festival to include a specially curated selection of short films that reflects this year’s theme of ‘exchange’ and, particularly, the challenges faced by the LGBTQI+ community. Through comedy, drama, animation and documentary, these short films delve into romantic love, overcoming fears and prejudices, family secrets and being open to life’s surprises. We hope you enjoy this exchange of visual storytelling, from the uniquely Irish perspectives of new and experienced filmmakers.

First Kiss (With a Girl) is a startlingly inventive experimental short that has the longest, sexiest kiss by confectionery you’ve ever seen! Yes, you read that right! The film explores that special sort of 11pm, tipsy, nightclub magic of late adolescence. This is a kitschy, low-fi, bubble-gum-sweet glance at queer intimacy.

In director Thomas Ryan’s award-winning short film, Pogonophobia, he addresses a little known -but truly debilitating- phobia: the fear of beards. In this comedy drama, his protagonist, Cyril, is a sufferer who hates leaving his flat. Forced out one evening, an act of homophobic bullying and a chance encounter at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, will change that forever.

Shane Collins’ short drama, True, is about a grandfather’s struggles with his identity and his grandson's homophobia. The film reflects Shane’s pride in his Irish heritage and intention to make films with truth and honesty at their core.

Becoming Cherrie is an award-winning short documentary from artist and filmmaker, Nicky Larkin, about actor and performer, Matthew Cavan, AKA Cherrie Ontop, Belfast’s beloved drag artist, who is living with HIV in a conservative Northern Irish society.

Trevor Kaneswaran’s debut short film The Full Package is light-touch comedy that challenges assumptions we make about those we meet, online and in person. It is about being open to unexpected opportunities.

Hold the Sausage is a cross-generational comedy, set at the dinner table as ‘Nanny’ tries to grapple with her daughter and her granddaughter’s’ revelations and fears about what the neighbours will think. Chloe Muldoon plays all four parts to great comic effect.

A grandfather struggles with his identity and grandson's homophobia.

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