The LGBT collection includes films made by and about members of the LGBT community in Ireland. Films include contemporary short and feature dramas in which LGBT characters and issues are foregrounded and also older titles where LGBT representation may have been less central but significant nonetheless. The collection also includes documentaries charting the changing position of LGBT people in Irish society. You can discover more about LGBT representations in this blog post from the IFI Irish Film Archive’s Tiernan MacBride library which examines fictional and factual depictions of gay, lesbian and bisexual lives in Ireland’s film and television production, and also from Brian Finnegan's IFI Spotlight 2015 presentation here.

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A Ferret Called Mickey

Barry Dignam , 12 minutes, 2003

Paulie (Colin Middleton), a young boy who dresses in women’s clothes and holds tea parties, is subject to a calamitous intervention from his father Jim (Darragh Kelly). When presented with a ferret who he promptly names Mickey, Paulie is taken…

A Man of No Importance

Suri Krishnamma, 99 minutes, 1994

Albert Finney delivers a star turn in this deeply human drama about a 1960s Dublin bus conductor unwilling to reveal his homosexuality to an unwelcoming city. This ‘man of no importance’, Alfred Byrne (Finney), attempts to celebrate his love for…


Ruairi McKenna, 10 minutes, 2008

Afternoon tells the sad story of Gerard (Tommie Curran), a teenage boy forced to deal with painful loss early in life. After the suicide of friend William, Gerard keeps quiet about the pair’s gay experiences and William’s difficulty in accepting…

Breakfast on Pluto

Neil Jordan, 128 minutes, 2005

Returning to the boundless imagination of The Butcher Boy novelist Pat McCabe, Jordan here recreates Ireland’s turbulent 1970s as an odyssey of gender-bending possibility, courtesy of the irrepressible, cross-dressing Patrick ‘Kitten’ Braden (Cillian Murphy). Abandoned on a doorstep as a…


Barry Dignam, 3 minutes, 2000

Adolescent sexuality is explored here in Barry Dignam's dramatic short which continues his interest in revelation of gay desire. Here, in the evening light, two young men drink on a beach and test each other’s bravery in games of ‘chicken’…

Cowboys and Angels

David Gleeson, 89 minutes, 2003

Set in Limerick City, Cowboys and Angels explores the alienation of Shane Bulter (Michael Legge), a young adult who moves away from home for the first time. His introverted personality is transformed by his outgoing, gay roommate Vincent (Allen Leech),…

The Crying Game

Neil Jordan, 112 minutes, 1992

Shot in parlous circumstances as its British producers neared bankruptcy, Jordan’s portrait of an IRA gunman embracing his humanity in unexpected circumstances proved the pivotal moment in his career, after an ingenious U.S. marketing campaign swept the film all the…

Dream Kitchen

Barry Dignam, 8 minutes, 2001

Dreams stubbornly refuse to become reality for one young gay man in this creative short. Unable to come out to his family, a son (Andrew Lovern) instead fantasises about his suburban home being transformed into an upper-class mansion complete with…

GAZE on Tour 2017

Michael Healy
Graham Cantwell
Cara Holmes
Michael Moody Culpepper
Dearbhla Walsh, 82 minutes, 2017

The GAZE on Tour 2017 Irish LGBT shorts programme explores the past, present and future of the Irish LGBT experience, and portrays the spectrum of storytelling produced on our island. Tuesday Night Director: Michael Healy A dark comedy about the…
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