Monday 6th August

Monday 6th August - 12:30pm
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TRANS SHORTS

Transgender stories are reaching maturity in both their craft and thematic exploration, as this richly diverse short film programme demonstrates. Curating many intersecting narratives and representations, this collection of finely crafted short film intricately dissects the complex interior and exterior worlds of trans people, as well as the joys, frustrations and complications of trans identity.

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Run time: 106 Minutes

Monday 6th August - 12:30pm
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GCN TOWNHALL TALKS - THE NORTH IS NEXT

As the republic of Ireland’s activist community celebrates it’s long awaited referendum victory against the 8th amendment, GAZE turns its attention to our compatriots in Northern Ireland. How can the queer and women’s movements, as well as our strong, mobilised activist community, use the momentum from our recent achievements to help further the campaigns for Marriage Equality and Abortion Rights in the north? We explore what’s next for liberal activism on the island of Ireland.


The programme will feature a series of specifically curated activist film, which will be followed by a discussion with a group of seasoned activists from both sides of the border, including Emma Campbell (Alliance for Choice, Belfast), Brian Finnegan (GCN), Ruth McCarthy (Outburst Queer Arts Festival), John O’Doherty (The Rainbow Project / Love Equality NI) and Irish activist Ailbhe Smyth.

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Run time: 90 Minutes

Monday 6th August - 3:00pm
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EVERY ACT OF LIFE

Every Act of Life is a joyful and honest account of the life of revolutionary, gay playwright Terrence McNally, and chronicles the joys, torments and creative experiences of this enduring artist.

 

Terrence McNally knew struggle and hardship from an early age, and had to escape his difficult background as an adolescent. He found sanctuary in New York, later travelling the world as tutor to John Steinbeck's children. Steinbeck’s only advice - "don't write for the theater, it will break your heart”. Falling upon deaf ears, McNally has gone on to write dozens of renowned works about sexuality, homophobia, faith, and finding meaning in every moment of life. He has won four Tony Awards; had long relationships; lost a lover and many friends to AIDS; and helped launch many the broadway career.

 

Exploring the mythical powers of human connection, imagination and the relentless quest for inspiration, the film is a beautiful portrait of endurance, exultation, and the agony and ecstasy of the creative path.

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Form: Documentary  /  Country: USA  /  Year: 2018  /  Run time: 92 Minutes
Director: Jeff Kaufman

Monday 6th August - 3:00pm
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FILM QLUB SCREENING: TROPICAL MALADY

Continuing our long-running, cinematically fruitful collaboration with Dublin Film Qlub, GAZE presents a screening of Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2004 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Tropical Malady. You know when two people circle around each other, desperate to get closer but unsure of how to go about it? In this extraordinary film, that familiar feeling is given a gigantic twist.

 

In the first half, two young men appear to connect in a war-torn country. In the second half, everything suddenly changes, and we seem to have jumped onto a different story… until we realise that this may be another version; a surrealist version of the love chase. Tropical Malady is one of the most original and daring films ever made. And it’s gay!  It brings together the oldest story in the world, a faultless sense of rhythm, and magic realism. Another visual poem by the genie from Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. If you thought that everything had been invented in cinema, think again.

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Form: Fiction  /  Country: Thailand  /  Year: 2004  /  Run time: 125 Minutes
Director:
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Monday 6th August - 5:30pm
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WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

The reference of Emily Dickinson invokes painful memories of Leaving Cert English exam trauma in many Irish people. With the programming of this raucous comedy re-telling of the reclusive writers’ story, GAZE has taken it upon ourselves to redress these memories, and replace them with a sordid reimagining of Ms. Dickinson’s clandestine lesbian love affair.

 

Wild Nights with Emily, starring queen Molly Shannon in the titular role, challenges the poet’s popularized persona - that of a reclusive spinster and a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. The film explores her vivacious side that was covered up for years - most notably in Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. Directed by Madeleine Olnek, whose previous titles include GAZE favourites The Foxy Merkins and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Wild Nights with Emily is an irreverent and surreal look at the (maybe) true life story of the legendary poetess.

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Form: Fiction  /  Country: Thailand  /  Year: 2018  /  Run time: 83 Minutes
Director:
Madeleine Olnek

Monday 6th August - 5:30pm
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SECRET SCREENING

Now into its fourth year, this hidden gem is quickly becoming the event of the festival for all those risk takers and adventurous viewers. It’s like a cinematic kiki! Over those first years we have had an indelible documentary on the life of one of the most famous star trekkers to grace our screen, an internationally acclaimed Irish feature and a restored masterpiece from the LGBT cannon. This year, as Mother Ru Paul would say, we have had to step our p***ies up.


This is one celluloid closet you will be wanting to get back into year after year. It’s not just for cinephiles - it’s for life! To avoid spontaneous deluges of tears from one’s eyes - book now, tell everyone, start some rumours. The treat is all for you to ravish, long for, cry with, laugh at, but most of all cherish. Let’s her your nominations... see you in the dark.
 

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CLOSING NIGHT GALA & SCREENING

Monday 6th August

Gala - 7:00pm / Screening - 8:00pm

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LOVE, SCOTT

Following the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down, Love, Scott is an intimate and visually evocative window into the queer experience. Not only does it beautifully capture a complex character for the screen; it is a highly creative and original rendering of the observational documentary form, which was filmed over three years following the incident.

 

What follows Scott Jones’ attack is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of the young man’s life. Capturing true intimacy in a subtle and understated way is a very difficult thing to achieve in factual filmmaking, yet this empathetic film has realised this delicate balance with grace and poise. It captures both the trauma and triumph of it's character's journey in a respectful, loving and nuanced way, and exemplifies great trust, affection and deference between director and protagonist.

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Form: Documentary  /  Country: Canada  /  Year: 2018  /  Run time: 76 Minutes
Director:
Laura Marie Wayne

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