The Queen of Ireland is 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.
Conor Horgan first trained as a photographer before moving into directing TV commercials and music promos. His first feature film is One Hundred Mornings, which received its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2010, winning the Special Mention Award. His first short film, The Last Time, starring Linda Bassett, received a nationwide cinema release in Ireland and was the recipient of seven awards around the world, including the UIP Director Award and Best Irish Short at The Cork Film Festival. His first feature documentary, The Queen of Ireland, was released throughout Ireland in October 2015.