Coming out and being seen: Stirring YouTube clip kicks off 20th Gaze film festival (video)

1 Aug 2012

A video to celebrate the 20th year of Gaze 2012, the Dublin International LGBT Film Festival, has hit YouTube, showcasing in three and a half minutes the changing attitudes to the LGBT community in Ireland over the years.

Expect to see this video tweeted, retweeted, posted and shared over the coming days, as Gaze gets into full swing at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin from tomorrow until 6 August.

The short film, directed and produced by Anna Rodgers, pulls together clips broadcast on Irish television throughout the years, featuring some recognisable stars like Aidan Gillen, household names like Gay Byrne, as well as political figures like Senator David Norris.

The most inspiring aspect of the short video is its depiction of Ireland’s progression from a country where homosexuality was once criminalised, to one with a thriving LGBT community. Though, as the video makes clear, the fight for equality is far from over.


Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic