GAZE: Irish Shorts
Release Date: Sat 01 Jul 2017
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE
The pride and joy of the GAZE programme, each year we are incredibly proud to present the finest of Irish LGBT short film to our festival audience. Reflecting upon the twenty-fifth anniversary of the programme, it is incredible to recollect how non-existent queer filmic content was in Ireland in 1992, and the strides that have been made in LGBT representation on screen in such a short period of time.
Each year the quality of Irish films submitted to the festival bolsters, and we believe this is reflected in the 2017 Irish shorts programme, which explores our Irish LGBT past, present and future, and portrays the wide spectrum of storytelling being produced on our island.
Our programme begins with Tuesday Night, a dark comedy about the sensationalised media representation of trans people, and the burdens of local planning regulation.
Lily tells the tale of an adolescent girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. In the wake of a violent and vicious homophobic attack, she is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.
The Condom Man is the story of how Irish people fought the system, provided frontline and core services for haemophiliacs and other HIV/AIDS patients, and ultimately saved lives.
3 Friends, based on a Colm Tóibín short story, follows Fergus, a pensive, young man, who is propelled on a powerful journey that begins at his mother's funeral. He grief becomes a catalyst to reflect upon his life and relationships. Ultimately it is through death, joy, and sex that Fergus looks inside to define himself.
Finally, in a stunning visual and visceral artistic exploration, choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúirand directed by Dearbhla Walsh, I’m Roger Casement dances it’s way through the queer legacy of the Irish revolutionary. The film is a sensuous, poetic and moving evocation of a complex history seen in contemporary bodies, and the perfect concluding work for the GAZE twenty-fifth anniversary shorts programme.
Irish Shorts 2017
Tuesday Night - Michael Healy
Lily - Graham Cantwell
The Condom Man - Cara Holmes
3 Friends - Michael Moody Culpepper
I’m Roger Casement - Dearbhla Walsh