Outitude: The Irish Lesbian Community, 2018
HD video, 1’28”
Director: Sonya Mulligan
Producer: Ger Moane
Born from the fundamental question of ‘where are we on the screen?’, the grassroots documentary Outitude charts the history of the Irish Lesbian Community, from the 1970s to the 2015 marriage referendum. Produced by an all-female, all-queer team, the documentary features interviews with some of Ireland’s most notable lesbian activists (Mary Dorcey, Nell McCafferty, Ailbhe Smyth, and Ruth McCarthy, to name just a few). The film paints an emotional picture of a community connected by their fight for equality, while challenging how otherness has been represented in the Irish media. Interviewing many key protagonists across the island, Mulligan and Moane capture the important legislative, social, and cultural changes through lived experiences, as well as the richness of lesbian grass-roots activism, collectives, community, academia, and politics, from the 1970s to the present day.
Sonya Mulligan is a writer, director, and producer. Her more recent films include Barking Mad and Staged (co-directed with Rachel Gregan, the film won ‘Best Score’ at DISFMF). She has made a number of short films including: Going for Gold, The Boat, and Into the Wild (which premiered at GAZE, the Dublin International Gay Film Festival, in 2011). Mulligan was Executive Producer for Bittersweet, a selection of short plays for Born to Burn Productions. She produced and directed Live Love Laugh for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2012 which won the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award. She has produced several other short films and writes plays, film scripts, and poetry. She is a producer of Revolting Women: a Rebel Cabaret about Irish Women Activists, which premiered at the Five Lamps Arts Festival in 2016, and played the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2019.
Dr Ger(aldine) Moane is a longstanding activist in feminist and LGBTQ+ politics and a Professor Emerita, School of Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD). She was also a Marie Cure Transfer of Knowledge Fellow at the University of Brighton. Her primary interests are in Feminist Theory and Psychology, where she has contributed to the development of liberation psychology, with particular application to women and to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons. Moane’s publications include Gender and colonialism: A psychological analysis of oppression and liberation (Basingstoke: Macmillan/Palgrave 1999, revised edition 2011) and the co-editing of a special issue of Feminism and Psychology with M. Brinton Lykes of Boston College on ‘Whither feminist-liberation psychology? Critical explorations of feminist and liberation psychologies for a globalizing world’ (2009). Moane is the producer of Outitude and has completed a novel about Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in County Meath titled Winter Sun.
Outitude is available to stream online HERE
You also buy copies of the Outitude DVD HERE