Latest Reviews$hide=home$type=three$meta=0$snippet=0$readmore=0$cate=1$count=3

$show=/search/label/Podcast

The Queen of Ireland review

SHARE:

When director Conor Horgan began shooting a documentary about Irish drag queen Panti Bliss (aka Rory O’Neill) in June of 2010, who could have foretold quite the story it would become or the national treasure that would emerge like an exotic bird to stand with the politicians at Dublin Castle on May of this year as the YES victory on gay marriage was celebrated.

By topping and tailing the film with direct-to-camera addresses by Panti, the audience is invited in to share her story as it has unfolded from the very beginning. That this ‘giant cartoon woman’ found herself an accidental figurehead for Ireland’s LGBT community is a terrific story and The Queen of Ireland shows us how the little boy from Ballinrobe, County Mayo would transform into Panti Bliss, ‘a clown, a court jester’ that would become an inspiration to so many. O’Neill’s story is wonderfully and bravely told by both Horgan and O’Neill himself. He’s not afraid to lay it all out there and his interviews are deeply personal, moving and emotional.

From home movies showing O’Neill and his siblings playing in their garden as children in Ballinrobe, to the bright heady lights of London and Tokyo and the drag scene in which Panti Bliss was conceived, Horgan showcases a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis to a bright neon accepting world, albeit abroad. A return to Dublin in the 1990’s to a new underground LGBT movement following the decriminalisation of homosexuality, makes for an intriguing subject and tells a wider story of what it was like to be gay in Ireland then and and how far the country’s stance has shifted since.


Beautifully paced, the film shifts effortlessly from personal stories from O’Neill’s family, friends and collaborators to his activism, growing the scale of the story while never losing that personal approach. Detailing the events of January 2014 when Rory gave an interview on The Saturday Night Show on the subject of homophobia, he found himself in very hot water, kick starting ‘Pantigate’ and a speech that would echo around the globe when Panti took to the Abbey Theatre stage.  

The film poignantly explores the moment when the impact of it began to shake the ground and you witness not only the gay community but the community of Ireland and its diaspora, heralding Panti as a force to be reckoned with on LGBT rights. Moving to the YES campaign before the vote, Horgan shows Rory going door-to-door in Dublin literally asking strangers to accept him as he is and to give them the same rights as heterosexuals. Again it’s delicately handled by Horgan and O’Neill himself is such a smart articulate guy, that every segment is engrossing and thought provoking.

Everyone should see the Queen of Ireland. It not only celebrates Panti Bliss, it celebrates all of us, gay or straight, no matter how different you are to the person standing next to you. The fact that it’s to be shown in our cinemas makes perfect sense. It is huge in scope in terms of its story and its message and of course Panti is larger than life itself, entertaining, funny and insightful. The Queen of Ireland also packs an emotional punch that will stay with you long after and have you recommending it to your nearest and dearest. Go see.



COMMENTS

Latest News$hide=index$type=three$count=6$meta=0$snippet=0$readmore=0$cate=0

Name

* ** *** **** ***** 2011 2012 2013 2014 About Advertise Asgard Week Audio August 2015 Avatar Avengers 2 Awards BAFTA behind the screens Black Friday Deals 2012 Box Office BTTF Bullet to the Head Buried Cannes 2012 Cloud Atlas comic con 2011 comic con 2012 Comic Con 2013 Comic Con 2014 Comic Con 2015 Comic-Con 2016 COMING SOON competitions Desolation of Smaug disney Django Unchained Editorial FC Feature fifty best movies Flipboard Magazine Frankenweenie. Gambit Godzilla Guardians Of The Galaxy Hell or High Water Highlander In Defence Of.. Interviews Ireland Iron Man 3 Jack Reacher Kick-Ass 2 Legend of the Guardians Les Miserables Libya Little Fockers Machete Man Of Steel marvel May The Fourth 2015 Monday Movie Meme Movie Bit Special Movie Of The Year 2011 Movie Of The Year 2012 Movie Of The Year 2013 Movie Reviews Netflix new New Clip New Release News Oldboy Pacific Rim podacast Podcast podcast comp Polls Posters privacy Prometheus Review Archive Review of 2013 RIP Scott Pilgrim Vs The World SFC Shelf Life Skyfall Skyline sony Star Trek 2 Star Trek Into Darkness star wars Star Wars Episode VII Star Wars Episode VIII Streaming Super Bowl Spot 2014 Superbowl 2012 Commercials Superbowl 2013 Superbowl 50 The Amazing Spiderman The Avengers The Avengers 2 The Backseat The Croods The Dark Knight Rises The Hobbit The Hobbit 2 The Last Exorcism The Next 3 Days the week in movies in case you missed it The Woman in Black The World's End Tim Heatherington TMB Special Toy Story 3 Trailer Trailers Transfomers 4 TRIVIA TW Twilight Day ultimate trivia VB Video Video Special Videos Wayne Week X-Men:First Class X-Men:First Class 2 Year in Review 2009 Year in Review 2010
false
ltr
item
The Movie Bit: The Queen of Ireland review
The Queen of Ireland review
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dVY__LIeqRI/VgY25JAWuuI/AAAAAAAAAS8/dVyv1SpOsCM/s640/Queen%2Bof%2BIreland.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dVY__LIeqRI/VgY25JAWuuI/AAAAAAAAAS8/dVyv1SpOsCM/s72-c/Queen%2Bof%2BIreland.jpg
The Movie Bit
http://www.themoviebit.com/2015/10/the-queen-of-ireland-review.html
http://www.themoviebit.com/
http://www.themoviebit.com/
http://www.themoviebit.com/2015/10/the-queen-of-ireland-review.html
true
1558767935376976688
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy