Outitude is a recent documentary that explores the incredible history behind the Irish lesbian community. The award-winning film covers everything from lesbian activism, collectives, community, politics, and academia from the 1970’s to today.
The documentary also includes powerful messages and personal statements from several individuals including Nell McCafferty (who was slapped by a man who believed she was ‘trying to get off’ with his wife). Other notable people include Ailbhe Smyth, Katherine Zappone, Una Mullally, Mary Dorcey and Marie Quiery. Viewers will learn more about their experiences including coming out stories and challenges they faced with homophobia.
Director of Outitude, Sonya Mulligan, is an Irish lesbian feminist who is an experienced filmmaker, poet, theatre producer and creative director. She worked alongside the producer Dr Ger Moane to create the documentary. Moane is also a psychologist, writer, activist and psychology professor at UCD. The pair worked collaboratively to show the film at many festivals in Ireland, England, Wales and the United States.
The documentary has already won several awards including the audience award at the FilmPride festival in the UK. Outitude provides an abundance of historical information and forms an emotional connection with the audience. One viewer described the film as “A brilliant kaleidoscope of lesbian herstory in Ireland.”
FilmPride presents: Outitude: the Irish Lesbian Community @OutitudeD
Heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian, told by rural & urban lesbians, writers, activists, self professed bar dykes, queer & curious women https://t.co/nRKWRkWNj7 pic.twitter.com/f3FArSoIdf
— FilmPride Festival (@FilmPrideFest) August 23, 2021
Now is the perfect time to take a look at the Outitude documentary as it will air on RTÉ One Thursday, June 23. It is also available for purchase on DVD and can be streamed on RTÉ player.
This will be a great way to start off a weekend full of Pride festivals and celebrations. The Dublin Pride march and Parade will take place on Saturday, June 25.
© 2022 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.
GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.
During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.
GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.