Balcony has just created short film history by winning both the main Iris Prize and the Best of British Iris Prize at the 2016 awards.
The film tells the story of two young women on a tough London estate, one British-born, the other a recent arrival from Afghanistan. Both leads, Genevieve Dunne and Charlotte Beaumont, are brilliant in their portrayals of a hesitant friendship between very different women and it’s ultimate consequence. The sexuality of the women is never overtly discussed, but there is a gentle erotic charge there that takes the friendship beyond the ordinary.
It feels extraordinarily true to the the post-Brexit atmosphere in the UK of mistrust and misunderstanding between people and explores the preconceptions we make about each other with great delicacy, before the final powerful moments.
Toby Fell-Holden won a Crystal Bear for the film at Berlinale this year (a huge accolade) and I can’t wait to see what he creates with the Iris Prize awards which total £50,000. Definitely a name to watch out for!
Find out more about the film and the Iris Prize here: