The Queen of Ireland

The Queen of Ireland – Main movie still


Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the un- sayable’. Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world.

THE QUEEN OF IRELAND is a documentary film that follows Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage. The film takes us behind the scenes with his alter ego Panti in the year she became the symbol of Ireland’s march towards marriage equality. Directed by Conor Horgan and produced by Blinder Films the film builds build up a multi-faceted picture of a complex and compelling character through behind the scenes footage and interviews with friends, peers and protégés, including Bunny, Tonie Walsh, Shirley Temple Bar, Una Mullally, David Norris, the O’Neill family, the other half of Candi Panti, Angelo Pitillo, and long-time collaborators Niall Sweeney and Philip McMahon.

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Featured Quote

Leaving aside its importance as a historical chronicle, The Queen of Ireland is a super movie, replete with tragedy, comedy, a plucky, unlikely heroine, and a sweeping dramatic arc.

Tara Brady, The Irish Times


Festivals & Awards

Seattle International Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

New Zealand International Film Festival 

Filmfest homochrom – Outstanding Feature Film

Mezipatra Queer Film Festival – Best Film Audience Award

Denver International Film Festival

IMAGE+NATION Montréal LGBT Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary 

ACT Human Rights Film Festival 

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards – Best Irish Film, Best Documentary