The GAZE LGBT Film Festival has announced details of the 25th edition of the programme. The anniversary programme was officially launched by Handsome Devil filmmaker John Butler, and featured a performance of ‘The Crying Game’ by Markus Feehily, highlighting the special retrospective screening of Neil Jordan’s classic film that will take place during the festival.
The festival will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at the 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 thought provoking documentaries, discussions and retrospective screenings, with something to appeal to all tastes, all taking place with the backdrop of a weekend of celebration to mark the festival passing such a huge milestone.
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, this year’s programme features an exhilarating selection of films to suit a wide variety of audiences.
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.
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;
“The whole GAZE team are extremely excited to celebrate our 25th festival and to continue to bring the best in LGBT cinema to audiences in Dublin. It’s such a remarkable honour to be Festival Director of this special festival, for this very special anniversary year.”
“Without the help of our valuable supporters, including our Lead Sponsor Accenture who have been simply wonderful, we wouldn’t be able to bring such a wealth of choices to our enthusiastic audiences, many of whom travel from across the country and indeed internationally for the festival each year. We welcome all audiences to our festival to sample the eclectic programme, 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.”
The GAZE 2017 Film Festival takes place at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, from August 3rd – 7th 2017.