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GAZE Film Festival announces special 25th anniversary programme

GAZE LGBT Film Festival announces special 25th anniversary programme and features Best Irish Comedy of 2017 Handsome Devil

The 2017 GAZE LGBT Film Festival was officially launched by the Handsome Devil writer and director John Butler and will featured a striking performance of ‘The Crying Game’ by musician Markus Feehily, highlighting the special retrospective screening of Neil Jordan’s classic film that will also take place during the festival.

The festival will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Light House Cinema in Dublin’s Smithfield, with the best in contemporary LGBT films, including work from Irish filmmakers. The Silver Anniversary programme also includes documentaries, discussions and retrospective screenings.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, GAZE Film Festival 2017 will celebrate Ireland’s LGBT journey over the past quarter century, and the role that storytelling has played in this historic narrative. Renowned as one of the top LGBT film festivals in Europe, the festival will open with triumphant documentary The 34th, which tells the story of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland, and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind – the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples.

In the wake of Brexit, a cornerstone of the programme is the British LGBT Film Focus, kindly supported by the British Council. With the aim of strengthening cultural ties with our closest neighbours, GAZE 2017 looks at how we can continue to develop artistic relations with the United Kingdom. Not only that, but it is very significant that while GAZE celebrates its 25th anniversary, the UK is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality. The British series includes; Young Soul Rebels and Queerama, which document British queer history, and films like The Book of Gabrielle and The Dark Mile, which reflect on contemporary LGBT life in the UK.

This year’s Saturday Night Centrepiece screening will showcase Tom of Finland, a timeless biopic of a world famous cult figure and the work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

The film chosen to close the special 25th anniversary of the festival is God’s Own Country, one of the most talked about and critically praised LGBT film titles of 2017. Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Both poignant and moving, it is bracingly open-hearted, with a host of stunning standout performances, making it the must-see film of GAZE 2017.


Noel Sutton, Festival Director of GAZE noted that, “The whole GAZE team are extremely excited to continue to bring the best in LGBT cinema to audiences in Dublin especially in this year when we’ll be reflecting on the journey of the LGBT community in Ireland and internationally, over the last 25 years.”

Dr Michelle Cullen, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture Ireland said, “ The GAZE Film Festival provides a shared platform for people to watch films together to create awareness, insights, and empathy for changing attitudes in Ireland. We are delighted to support the LGBT community in telling these powerful stories through film.”

The GAZE Film Festival is also funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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



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