The Rocky Road to Equal Marriage: How Did We Get Here?

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CertificateNot Rated
GenreArchive Documentary
CountryUK, Ireland
Running Time1HR
Extra InfoDiscussion / 15+
SeasonMain Programme

The legalisation of same sex marriage in Northern Ireland was an occasion so momentous and so long in the making, that it demands reflection. How did we get here?

This is a difficult question to answer for LGBTQ+ community, for whom life has been lived either on the periphery or under the radar.

It’s a curated film drawn from archival film footage that will address and highlight these gaps by tracing the roots and journey of the equal marriage campaign. Alongside other entertaining stories from the last sixty years of queer Northern Irish history.

The film is produced with material from film archives including Northern Ireland Screen, BBC NI, RTE, and NVTV.

The screening will be followed by a panel of invited guests to discuss the campaign and what it means to be granted equal marriage rights, but not necessarily by your own people.

Panellists include some of the key people who led and informed the Love Equality Campaign - Patrick Corrigan, Mike Nesbitt, John O'Doherty, Cara McCann, Marie Quiery and Gillian Callan. Read more about the panellists.


This is a production by QFT with funding from Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network. 

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