This event is co-organised by the York Irish Association and York LGBT History Month.
The Queen of Ireland is the incredible story of Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss and her creator, Rory O’Neill. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti is an accidental activist and, in her own words, ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.
Directed by Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings, Deep End Dance) and produced by Blinder Films (The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, One Hundred Mornings), the film follows Rory and Panti on their journey from a small town in Mayo to national figureheads for equality, and all the way to global spokespersons for LGBT rights.
Funny, powerful and timely, The Queen of Ireland is “part personal documentary, part social history… an entertaining and powerful noble call for that icon and iconoclast of 21st Century Ireland, Rory O’Neill” (RTE Guide).