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Gay Rugby World Cup documentary to open film festival

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Written By: Dean Eastmond 25/8/15

The LGBT film festival to take place in October

Gay rugby documentary Scrum, will be shown at the opening night at the Iris Prize Festival 2015.

Scrum — directed by Australian film-maker Poppy Stockell — tells the story of a Canadian jock, an overweight Irish backpacker and a Japanese outsider coming together for their love of rugby to compete in the 2014 Bingham Cup; the gay rugby world cup.

Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation grants winners funding, support and guidance for making films.

Poppy said: “Wales is known throughout the world as a rugby loving nation and I just can’t wait to see what they think of the film. Gareth Thomas has already made a huge contribution as the first openly gay rugby union player. Coupled with the pioneering work of out gay ref Nigel Owen, you get the impression Wales is a progressive country.”

“I honestly believe we have this year the best of the best. Many of the films in this year’s programme arrive in Cardiff with awards for best film, best performance from festivals all over the world.” explained Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands.

The film festival, running over 7-11 October, includes 14 feature films, representing the best of LGBT film making.

The full programme can be found here

Source: Gay Times Magazine

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