After the excitement of Laya City Spectacular in Dublin & Cork, I was eager to take on another volunteering challenge. Obviously, I would really prefer to have a full time job and the salary that comes along with it, but for the mean-time I will happily take on the volunteering and all of it’s benefits 🙂
I had heard GAZE mentioned a number of times over the past year, but didn’t know a whole lot about it, until an email arrived about a month or so ago. I nearly missed my GAZE opportunity due to the hecticness of the few weeks with the City Spec, but thankfully I didn’t.
For the GAZE LGBT International Film Festival, I would not have my general volunteering duties. For GAZE, I will just be focusing on promoting the festival through Social Media and online, hence me writing this blog.
GAZE is a film festival that was set up in 1992, the same year the homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland. The original festival was held in the Irish Film Centre in Temple Bar. The Festival was originally set up to give members of the Dublin gay community the opportunity to see educational & entertaining LGBT cinema and also to help promote LGBT film-makers. However, since GAZE’s inception 2 and a half decades ago it has gotten so much bigger and not only targets the LGBT community, but all those with a love for great films from across the globe.
The 2016 GAZE LGBT International Film Festival opens tonight, Thursday 28th July 2016, in the Light House Cinema, with a special opening gala and a screening of Belgian-Dutch documentary ‘Strike a Pose’. The film profiles a number of dancers from Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour and their lives in the 25 years since the tour.
Over the 5 days 35 movies will be be screened in screens 1&2 of the Light House. The movies come from all over the world.
On Friday in Screen 1 at 8:30pm is the ADIFF AUDI-ence award winning film ‘Viva’ by Paddy Breathnach. Viva follows Jesús, a hairdresser in Cuba, who always dreamed of being a drag performer, but his debut is cut short.
On Saturday in Screen 1 at 2:30pm is YesterGAZE. This includes a screening of ‘The Ghost of Roger Casement’ which explores the life of Roger Casement, one of the members of the 1916 Rising and his downfall due to allegations of homosexuality. After the screening there will be a panel discussion.
On Sunday in Screen 1 at 2:30pm IMAGE+NATION present Queerment Quebec, a mix of 7 eclectic & entertaining short films from Canada. Among the shorts are: ‘House for Sale’; ‘Pepper’; ‘Pow Wow’; and ‘Mirrors’.
There are many more great films on offer over the August bank holiday weekend, Thursday 28th July to Monday 1st August. Pop in to the Light House Cinema in Smithfield, or check out GAZE.ie for tickets.
Come on down or you’ll regret it!
Thursday 28th July
Friday 29th July
Saturday 30th July
Sunday 31st July
Monday 1st August