Irish Film Screening – The Queen of Ireland

The Queen of Ireland will be screened on Wednesday, May 26th as a part of the Irish Popcorn! series for Solas Nua.

The Queen of Ireland is a 2015 documentary by director Conor Horgan, and Blinder Films.

Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti Bliss is a wittily incisive performer who is widely regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’ Neill, Panti is in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the un-sayable’ and in recent years, has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and was a figurehead in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum in 2015.

Ireland’s historic referendum was started by the incisive performer when she called out the systemic homophobia prevalent in Irish media. The Queen of Ireland documents the ensuing ‘panti-gate’ and the rise of Panti Bliss from drag performer to national figurehead for LGBTQ rights.

There will be a post-screening discussion withRory O’Neill (Panti Bliss), in conversion with Anna McCarthy, Professor and Chair of Cinema Studies at NYU. Pre-recorded message by director Conor Horgan.

Introduction by Solas Nua’s Kate Meenan-Waugh

This free event is being co-hosted by NYU DC, and the screening will be facilitated via Zoom Webinar. Live auto-transcript captioning will be available on this Zoom webinar.