Galway LGBT History
A documentary was made about the emergence of a visible LGBT community and Pride celebration. You can watch all three parts of the documentary here via youtube, and read the press release from GMIT too.
The documentary is an important record of the work done by members of the LGBT community from the 80′s up to the end of the millenium, with a particular focus on what it was like to set up a Pride festival in Galway, and what it means to have such a festival.
Two people associated with ShOUT! are involved in the documentary: Volunteer Jo McNamarra is one of the people interviewed, and the documentary came from an idea by Jo to use audio interviews of people who worked to build up the LGBT community as links between live acts at an event for Bród 2006: Can Le Bród. Volunteer and occasional staff member Eamon Brett took Jo’s idea and reworked and expanded it into a full documentary interviewing those persons from the LGBT community who helped to shape and build a visible LGBT presence in Galway City. Eamon was on the Bród committee in 2006, and pitched the idea to the committee who decided it was a worthwhile endeavour. Eamon, along with committee member Máireád Lydon, took the roles of Executive Producers of the Documentary along with Donal Haughey from GMIT’s Film & TV department, who chose to taken on this project.
Bród: Out In The Streets
A documentary about Galway’s gay community produced and directed by Film and TV students from GMIT was screened in the Institute on Monday 11th February 2008.
The 27 minute film entitled “Bród: Out in the streets” looks back over eighteen years of Ireland’s longest consecutively running Gay Pride Festival in Galway and features footage of the August 2007 parade.
The screening which was attended by special guest, equal rights campaigner Senator David Norris, took place in GMIT’s Dublin Road campus on Monday 11th February 20008.
The idea for the film was mooted by Eamon Brett and Máireád Lydon of Bród Ireland West, who visited the Film & TV students at the Cluain Mhuire campus during the summer (2007). Half of the class volunteered to take on the project with support from their lecturer Donal Haughey.
Student Paul Gouldsbury was the Director for this project and student Susan Eves was Producer. They interviewed eight contributors who had varying degrees of involvement in Galway’s gay scene over the past two decades, five of whom feature in the film.
GMIT documentary lecturer Donal Haughey says “I’m delighted that the film and tv students have produced a professional project, have gained valuable and practical experience and that GMIT has been able to assist Bród Ireland West in bringing this worthwhile film to a wider audience.”
Student producer Susan Eves says: “The making of this film was a great experience for us all and we met many great people during the process. The documentary outlines a part of Galway’s recent history”.
The BA in Film & Television is delivered in GMIT’s Cluain Mhuire campus. The programme provides students with a specialised knowledge of the history, theory and practical working of video and filmmaking.
The programme includes specialist areas of production, editing, sound, production design, scriptwriting and planning, budgeting and management requirements of shooting and delivering film and video projects.
A work placement in year two provides students with valuable experience of working alongside professionals in the film and television industry. For more information about creative arts programmes in GMIT Cluain Mhuire, Tel. 091-745403/742412 or see www.gmit.ie/humanities.