A documentary that follows drag queen Panti Bliss: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she's a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is widely 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 un-sayable'. In recent years, Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the 2014 scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world.
[talking to her reflection in the dressing room mirror]
Panti, you look fucking amazing.
[reflection in the dressing room mirror answering]
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In the end credits there is a dedication "For Oliver Stanley 1954 - 1995." See more »
Written by Chus L. Esteban and José David Peñin Montilla (as David Penin Montilla)
Produced by Chus, David Penn
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Enjoyable documentary about a drag queen who became queen of Ireland!
Wonderful documentary about Rory O'Neill, aka Miss Panti Bliss, the Que en of Ireland. The film deals with Rory's life from growing up in the small town of Ballinrobe in Mayo, to the start of his career as a drag queen in Tokyo and Dublin and his political activism in recent years.
Much of the film deals with the same-sex marriage referendum, which Panti was a prominent campaigner. This was preceded by Pantigate, and his brilliant Noble Call speech which was tweeted around the world with endorsements from celebrities from Stephen Fry to Martina Navratilova.
The film gives a good overview of the struggle for LGBT equality in Ireland from the 1970's to the present day with contributions from some of the leading figures such as David Norris and Tonie Walsh.
But ultimately the film is a very personal film about Rory O'Neill and it concludes with a homecoming show in Ballinrobe where he returns as a star.
The film is hugely enjoyable, as Rory/Panti is a very likable character and shows how and why Miss Panti Bliss is so popular in Ireland today.
Just a warning, if you have read Panti's book Woman in the Making and seen his stand-up show, there isn't much more information in the film other than the footage around the referendum and his homecoming to Ballinrobe.
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