GAZE International LGBT film festival: top 6 highlights
Ireland's fantastic LGBT film festival is back for its 22nd year with a theme focusing on "The Power of Our Stories".
Running from today (Thursday July 31) until Monday, Aug ust 4 at Light House Cinema, Dublin, the programme offers a diverse range of film from topical documentaries to gripping features from Ireland and abroad.
Kicking off with the Opening Gala film The Circle tonight, the festival wraps on Monday with the award-winning 52 Tuesdays.
Here’s our pick of films and events over the coming days:
Campaign of Hate: Russia & Gay Propaganda (Friday, 10.30pm Light House Cinema)
This Russian film, directed by Michael Lucas, is a timely documentary charting the issue of LGBT discrimination in Russia, an issue only brought to the attention of many outside of Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
With anti-gay legislation spreading throughout Russia (Moscow has outlawed Gay Pride parades for the next 100 years), the film interviews those LGBT citizens living in the midst of the turmoil. The film contains graphic scenes and viewer discretion is advised.
Marriage Equality Panel Discussion: The Case Against 8 (Saturday, 4.30pm, Light House Cinema – following The Case Against 8 screening 2.30pm)
Following the screening The Case Against 8, an account of the battle that overturned Proposition 8 in the US, a debate will take place in the Red Room to analyse the situation in Ireland ahead of next year’s referendum. The event will be chaired by Marriage Equality.
This will be followed by a 10 minute preview screening of Conor Horgan’s documentary The Queen of Ireland, charting the life and times of Rory O’Neill’s (aka Panti Bliss), which will be released in 2016. Horgan will be in attendance to discuss the documentary.
Gerontophilia (Sunday, 8.30pm)
This Canadian anti-ageism feature is a light-hearted tale of intergenerational love. A young man called Lake finds himself attracted to much older men and when he starts working in a nursing home he’s drawn to 81-year-old resident Melvyn.
The Dog (Sunday 6.30pm)
Don’t miss this documentary, filmed over a decade, about gay-liberation icon John Wojtowicz, who tried to rob a bank in 1972 and who planned to put the money towards his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery. His story inspired Dog Day Afternoon, the 1975 flick starring Al Pacino.
Special TENI screening and panel discussion (Friday, 2.45pm, Red Room)
An afternoon of screenings and discussions kicks off with a free screening of Irish Lives: My Transgender Journey followed by a panel discussion. Buy a ticket for Gaze Gems (which follows at 4.50pm), a programme of shorts focussed on trans and genderqueer lives.
Closing night gala – 52 Tuesdays (Monday, 7pm)
This year’s closing film tells the story of 16-year-old Billie whose path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to transition from female to male. They promise to meet each other one day a week ever week for a year. Director Sophie Hyde filmed this moving feature once a week, every week, on Tuesdays for one year.
For more information or the full programme check out www.GAZE.ie