PANDORA ‘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 world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.
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.
Directed by Conor Horgan
Produced by Katie Holly, Ailish Bracken
Featuring Panti Bliss / Rory O'Neill
Irish Film Board
Raidio Teilifís Éireann
Crowdfunding via Indiegogo
Universal Pictures (UK/Ireland)
Best Feature Documentary (IFTA 2016)
Seattle International Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
ACT Human Rights Film Festival 2017