Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is a drag queen, an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the un-sayable’, and its set to return to television in her new documentary, The Queen of Ireland. The documentary will air on Wednesday, December 16 at 69 O’Connell Street, as part of #SEEforCinema.
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 become recognised across the world.
The Queen of Ireland is a documentary film that follows Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage. The film takes us behind the scenes with his alter ego Panti in the year she became the symbol of Ireland’s march towards marriage equality.
Directed by Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings) the film builds up a multi-faceted picture of a complex and compelling character through behind the scenes footage and interviews.
It’s been a momentous year for the LGBT community in Ireland, with the much-anticipated Yes vote back in May. The person behind the spark that ignited the fiery conversation continues to be a role model and activist for the LGBT community in Ireland, especially with this documentary.
Boasting a successful and fulfilled career, Panti has seen international success with her published memoirs ‘Woman in the Making.’ These memoirs tell the story of O’Neill’s “journey from the fields of a once homophobic, homogeneous Ireland, through Tokyo’s chaotic underbelly and Dublin’s burgeoning drag world, to becoming Panti Bliss”.
The annual hostess of Ireland’s Alternative Miss Ireland, Panti is considered Dublin and Ireland’s most renowned drag queen.
Throughout her career Panti has regularly host the Dublin Pride celebrations and in 2007 she opened the self-titled ‘Panti-Bar’ in Dublin.
Panti continues to push boundaries and open eyes, all in the name of acceptance for the Irish LGBTQ Irish community.
Visit the PantiBar website here