The 25th GAZE Film Festival opens tonight with the World Premiere screening of The 34th- The Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland, a new documentary about the fight for Irish Marriage Equality.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone and other leading figures from the Marriage Equality campaign are set to join directors Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea to attend the Gala Opening Night of the GAZE Film Festival for the premiere.

The 34th tells the story of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind – the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples. Through revealing interviews and archive material, former board members and staff outline the strategising, fierce battles, sheer hard graft and personal cost of running such an all-consuming campaign.

The 34th is a COCO Production, produced and directed by Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea. From the KAL (Katherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan) case to a YES vote on 22nd May 2015, this documentary spans a decade culminating in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, allowing same sex marriage.

I can’t imagine a better way to open our 25th Anniversary Festival than the world premiere of this landmark documentary. In the last quarter century, the LGBT community, including GAZE, has fought for and achieved a transformation in Irish society’s relationship to its LGBT members that culminated in the Marriage Referendum so it’s with both joy and pride that we welcome this film and start an extraordinary long weekend of film.
Noel Sutton, Festival Director – GAZE

The movement for marriage equality didn’t come out of nothing so this film tells about the ten years before the referendum and all the people who came together and fought hard to make it happen. We’re delighted that the film has its World Premiere at GAZE amongst our peers and so many people who made the campaign and the film a success.
Linda Cullen, Director and Producer

Working with Linda and our editor Cuan MacConghail on such a historic subject has been a great experience. I’m thrilled that so many people directly involved in the film and the campaign are able to be with us tonight.
Vanessa Gildea, Director and Producer

Now in our sixth year, we are delighted, once again, to be headline sponsor of the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival for the 25th anniversary celebration. Ireland has made profound societal progress in supporting the rights of the LGBT community during this time and The 34th is a very fitting opening gala film depicting the hard work and sheer dedication by the people of Ireland. Many of my colleagues at Accenture and friends at GAZE worked tirelessly during the campaign to ensure inclusivity for our families and friends. Tonight we will see that brought to life.
Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director – Accenture Ireland

The GAZE Film Festival is sponsored by Accenture, funded by Funding Partners the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and Dublin City Council, and is supported by Venue Partner Light House Cinema, and the opening night is supported by leading catering and facilities services company Sodexo Ireland.  Other additional partners also provide valuable support.

The GAZE 2017 Film Festival takes place at Light House Cinema, Smithfield, from August 3rd – 7th 2017.

Our Ronan talked to festival director Roisin Geraghty about the festival and you can read that here.

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