The Queen of Ireland

Directed by Conor Horgan

Starring Rory O'Neill

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 business. Created by Rory O'Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words 'a court jester, whose duty 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 been recognised all around the world.


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  • ★★★½ review by Julius Kassendorf on Letterboxd

    Panti Bliss is a drag queen in Ireland who became an almost-accidental queer activist in the fight for marriage equality.

    It's a finely made film, discussing queer matters in a British milieu, from the underground culture that developed due to criminalization to Ireland's popular vote for equality. The film, as per the title, is focused on Panti Bliss and her creator Rory from youth to present, including a dust storm that seemed to set off the whole debate in Ireland. The film is energetic, crass, funny, and everything you'd expect. my only beef is funneling the story of Ireland's queer community through one person seems almost minimizing to the community at large and maximizing of Panti's role in the fight. Otherwise, it's a fine document of one activist.

  • ★★★½ review by Tree Yager on Letterboxd

    It must be so beautiful knowing LGBT rights have become so accepted. This documentary doesn't miss anything. It doesn't have a dull moment, and everything has a purpose; truly a remarkable film.

  • ★★★★ review by JRruisenor on Letterboxd


  • ★★★½ review by Paul Anthony Nelson on Letterboxd

    Inspiring doc, almost as entertaining as its hugely charismatic subject, charts drag queen Panti Bliss' journey from entertainer seeking identity to major gay rights figurehead.

  • ★★★½ review by Roman Rangel on Letterboxd

    Me da gusto que el movimiento LGBT en Irlanda tenga a Panti, una ‘Drag Queen’ dedicada y sensata. Panti es la creación de Rory O’Neill, quien nunca creyó dedicarse al drag como profesión y quién estudio para ser diseñador gráfico (sus ilustraciones iniciales son bastante buenas). En la actualidad, Rory se ha convertido en un importante activista para los derechos de la comunidad gay (quienes, hasta hace muy poco, no podían casarse en Irlanda).

    “Queen of Ireland” es un documental entretenido que ilumina la escena gay irlandesa, su impacto en una sociedad conservadora y, además, nos muestra la vida de una persona muy interesante. Recomendable.

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