Saturday 23 September 2017

Person of the Year Panti set for big screen

Launching the 2015 nominations for the People of the Year Awards were former recipients (l-r) Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss), Daraine Mulvihill, Fiona Doyle and Tommy Reichental
Launching the 2015 nominations for the People of the Year Awards were former recipients (l-r) Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss), Daraine Mulvihill, Fiona Doyle and Tommy Reichental

Katie Morris

Drag queen Panti Bliss is set for the silver screen as part of a feature documentary chronicling the past 18 months of her life.

Directed by Conor Horgan, 'The Queen of Ireland' will chart the journey from the infamous appearance on Brendan O'Connor's 'Saturday Night Show' to her rousing call to arms on the Abbey stage and the marriage referendum.

The show was already in the making when Panti - Rory O'Neill - became a household name.

"It's what every documentary film-maker wants, for something to happen while filming," he said. Mr O'Neill was speaking at the launch of the nominations for this year's People of the Year Awards in Dublin yesterday.

The 41st annual award ceremony honours the extraordinary and inspiring achievements of ordinary people.

"What I love about this event is that it is totally un-cynical, and there's not that many of those events around any more," he said.

Mr O'Neill, who was last year's overall winner, was joined at the launch by previous winners, abuse survivor Fiona Doyle, campaigner Joanne O'Riordan, concentration camp survivor Tomi Reichental and Daraine Mulvihill.

Nominations for this year's awards are now open at www.peopleoftheyearawards.ie. 'The Queen of Ireland' will be released in September.

Irish Independent

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