Wild Geese is a new story from Kayleigh Llewellyn all about human vulnerability
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Thanks to our friends over at Iris Prize, there is a brand new lesbian comedy online to fall in love with. Wild Geese is the ninth short film made with the Iris Prize filmmaker Susan Jacobson and is available to watch online now.
The release of this new LGBTQI short film comes after Iris Prize revealed that all films would be free online for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The story is written by Kayleigh Llewellyn, who you might know from the hit BBC Three drama In My Skin. The lockdown success story for BBC Three follows Bethan, a Welsh teenager coming of age and living a double life as she negotiates mental illness, friendships and her sexuality.
Wild Geese is also based in Cardiff, but this time we are introduced to Amy who catches her husband in the act, she falls down a flight of stairs and wakes up with amnesia – believing she is 16 and that the year is 1999.
Aside from the wrinkles on her face, Amy is a teenager again – outspoken, hormonal, obsessed with emo poetry and, crucially, fixated with tracking down her high school best friend Polly. Last Amy remembers, they were joined at the hip. But Amy quickly realises that Polly doesn’t want anything to do with her, and Amy just cannot remember why.
Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director, commented: “Iris is all about sharing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stories. Wild Geese has been screened at film festivals and enjoyed by audiences across the world. But today we give everybody a chance to enjoy this film.
“The response we’ve had to the film is amazing. Many have commented on how wonderful it is to experience a lesbian story which successfully combines comedy and human vulnerability. In particular Emma Pierson’s, performance has been celebrated and was recognised by the international jury at Gaze International Film Festival in Dublin.”
You can watch the film for free here: