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The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality

    • Director

      Linda Cullen
      Vanessa Gildea

    • Credits

      Linda Cullen
      Vanessa Gildea

    • Principal Cast

      Gráinne Healy
      Andrew Hyland
      Monnine Griffith
      Denise Charlton
      Ross Golden Bannon
      Ailbhe Smyth
      Orla Howards
      Katherine Zappone
      Brian Sheehan

  • Category


Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality in Ireland organisation as they campaigned for the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.

The 34th captures this impassioned and poignant journey from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan’s pivotal KAL case and the emotional love story behind it, through the ardent grassroots campaign to the historic yes vote which took place on May 22nd, 2015.

Through revealing interviews and archive material, campaigners share the strategising, fierce battles, sheer hard graft and moving personal stories behind the compelling and all-consuming campaign.

Notes by Eleanor Melinn

Spirit of Gaze Award, GAZE Film Festival, Dublin 2017

78 minutes, Ireland, 2017, Colour

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