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Sunday, 20 May, 2001, 21:05 GMT 22:05 UK
Gruffudd attends Brit comedy premiere
Stars Ioan Gruffudd and Matthew Rhys arriving for the premiere
Stars Ioan Gruffudd and Matthew Rhys arriving for the premiere
Jonathan Pryce and Ioan Gruffudd were among the stars at the world charity premiere in Cardiff of British comedy Very Annie-Mary.

The film by up-and-coming director Sara Sugarman is an uplifting account of a young woman's dream to break free of her domineering father.

Gruffudd and Rhys play a bitchy gay couple
Gruffudd and Rhys play a bitchy gay couple
Gruffudd stars alongside his off-screen friend Matthew Rhys as a bitchy gay couple, who run the corner shop in the village of Ogw in the south Wales Valleys.

Rachel Griffiths - star of Hillary and Jackie - is forced to become a full-time carer for her father after he suffers a stroke.

Pryce cuts a powerful figure as "The Voice of the Valleys", a man revered for his singing prowess until he suffers a stroke.

Annie-Mary initially appears a downtrodden figure, after she is denied a place at the Milan School of Opera to stay with her father.

She is unable to sing anymore and the film charts her progress in rediscovering herself.

Rhys Ifans, Notting Hill
Rhys Ifans: Naked ambition
Proceeds from the charity premiere of the Channel 4 production will go towards a 5m appeal to support the Noah's Ark Appeal, which is dedicated to looking after sick children and their families in Wales.

  • Meanwhile, Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans strips off again in his latest film Human Nature, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Palm D'Or award for best film at the Cannes Film Festival.

    It is a lot easier to be naked in company than on your own

    Rhys Ifans
    Ifans plays a modern day Tarzan wild man living in a forest, who is discovered by Tim Robbins' Darwinian scientist and girlfriend, played by Patricia Arquette.

    The 32-year-old Welsh actor was not phased by having to take his clothes off again.

    "It is a lot easier to be naked in company than on your own," he said.

    "I think we managed to hide each other's bits and there is such a thing as gaffer tape."

    Human Nature was scripted by Charlie Kaufmann, who wrote Being John Malkovich, and directed by Frenchman Michel Gondry.

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