To celebrate the DVD release of THE QUEEN OF IRELAND this weekend we have copies of the movie to giveaway to lucky readers, keep reading for your chance to enter.

The documentary film, THE QUEEN OF IRELAND, charts the story of Rory O’Neill and the rise of his alter ego, Panti Bliss. Regarded as one of the finest drag queens in the world, Rory found himself at the centre of Ireland’s same sex marriage referendum in the summer of 2015.

Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens on the planet. 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’.

Having become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland, Rory suddenly found himself at the centre of a £400,000 legal battle after an appearance on RTE’s The Saturday Night Show, which threatened to censor the pro-equal rights movement. Amidst the storm that became known as ‘Pantigate’, Panti addressed the controversy onstage with a speech, unaware of the attention that would follow. A video of The Noble Call went viral, seeing a host of celebrity supporters take up Rory’s fight, from Graham Norton and Stephen Fry to Paul O’Grady, as his fight for equality and against homophobia received international recognition.

THE QUEEN OF IRELAND came to life five years ago as a documentary about Rory O’Neill, the man behind Panti xxBliss, who began life in the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe and strode onto the world stage. As events unfolded, things quickly developed and it turned into a film about Rory’s battle with the anti-equality movement as Ireland approached a ground-breaking vote on the right for all people – regardless of their sexuality – to marry.

The Queen of Ireland will be available in all Xtravision and HMV stores, as well as Tesco and Heatons stores from release on 13th November. RRP €12.99

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