Friday 24 November 2017

GAZE Film Festival opens with world premiere screening of major Irish Marriage Equality documentary

The 34th tells the story of the people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland

Katherine Zappone with The 34th directors Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea
Katherine Zappone with The 34th directors Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The 25th anniversary GAZE film festival kicks off tonight with the world premiere screening of a major Irish marriage equality documentary.

The 34th tells the story of the dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland which would ultimately result in the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples.

The documentary features interviews and archive material through which former board members and staff outline the strategising, battles, hard graft and personal cost of running the campaign.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone and other leading figures from the Marriage Equality Campaign will join directors Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea at the screening at the Light House Cinema  in Smithfield tonight.

Katherine and Ann Louise
Katherine and Ann Louise

The 34th spans a decade from the KAL (Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan) case to the Yes vote on May 22 2015.

GAZE Festival Director Noel Sutton “I can’t imagine a better way to open our 25th Anniversary Festival than the world premiere of this landmark documentary. In the last quarter century, the LGBT community, including GAZE, has fought for and achieved a transformation in Irish society’s relationship to its LGBT members that culminated in the Marriage Referendum so it’s with both joy and pride that we welcome this film and start an extraordinary long weekend of film.”

Director and Producer Linda Cullen said “The movement for marriage equality didn’t come out of nothing so this film tells about the ten years before the referendum and all the people who came together and fought hard to make it happen. We’re delighted that the film has its World Premiere at GAZE amongst our peers and so many people who made the campaign and the film a success.”

The GAZE 2017 Film Festival takes place at Light House Cinema, Smithfield, from August 3rd - 7th 2017.

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise
Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise

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