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Stephen Fry, Ian McKellen and Sophie Ward go on view

Britain's top gay and lesbian film professionals to be honoured during LGBT History Month

Stephen Fry, Ian McKellen and Sophie Ward go on view

An exhibition honouring Britain's top gay and lesbian professionals working in the UK film industry will open during LGBT History Month, Cardiff.

Stephen Fry, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Antony Sher and Sophie Ward are among the 11 stars photographed by Donald MacLellan for the Pink Portraits collection.

The 20 free-standing portraits will be exhibited at the Office for National Statistics in Newport, Wales throughout February.

Following LGBT History Month, the Pink Portraits collection will be available for other galleries, schools or venues around Britain to exhibit. This will be the first time the show has travelled outside Wales.

Photographer Donald MacLellan has had his work appear in numerous national and international magazines, exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Matthew Rhys, Iris Patron says of the exhibition: 'The collection records and celebrates the fantastic wealth of talent we have within the UK film industry.

Iris Prize Festival director Berwyn Rowlands told Gay Star News the educational benefits of the collection: 'The Pink Portraits will act as a positive catalyst for debate in schools. They are an effective way to present positive role models for young people.

'The mix of famous gay and lesbian people who work in front of the camera is complemented by the lesser known people who work behind the scenes. The portraits confirm that gay people can work successfully in all areas of the film industry.'

The Iris Prize Festival is Cardiff's international gay and lesbian short film prize. The festival takes place from 10 – 14 October.

For more information about LGBT History Month visit the event's official website.