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Gays, football lads, girls and late-night burger eating

A short LGBT film charting the mixed – and drunk – characters in a late-night burger bar is to get its first screening on TV
The gay guys in Burger: A short film set in a burger bar.

A short gay film set late at night in a burger bar is to get its world premier screening on BBC Two in Wales.

Burger is getting its release on the TV station before touring the festival circuit.

It stars a cast collected in the Welsh capital of Cardiff from the Royal College of Music and Drama, a supporting artists agency and the local gay scene.

Together the football lads, the straight group, the gay guys, the girls came together and filmed on location in a burger bar in the heart of the student area of Cardiff.

The result is a study of the characters who inhabit the twilight world of late night burger bars.

Norweigan writer and director Magnus Mork wanted to create a short ‘drunk drama’, with characters interacting in real time.

‘People who are drunk might be both slow and aggressive,’ Mork explained, ‘and especially they lack some of the limits we have when sober.

‘When drunk, things can seem terribly important and dramatic in one moment, just to be forgotten.

‘I like the idea of a venue lit with bright neon lights assembling all kinds of people. It turns out as a chaotic situation; dangerous and funny, revealing group identity in an exaggerated way.’

The 11-minute long film is the fourth short to be produced by the Iris Prize which gathers the best LGBT shorts from around the world for an annual festival.

Berwyn Rowlands from the Iris Prize said there was a lot of excitement about Burger.

‘Completing a film is always a significant moment in the life of film production but securing an audience is even more exciting,’ he said. ‘This is why having Burger start its journey with a screening on the BBC in Wales is a great way to build an audience and share this amazing film.’

Viewers in Wales can see it on BBC Two Wales on Monday (11 March) at 11.20pm.

Gay Star News is media partner of the Iris Prize.

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