What is the Dublin Film Qlub?
The Dublin Film Qlub is a special interest film club, catering for film-lovers in Dublin. We show one selected film every month, as part of a series of themed seasons (each season consists of ten films). What all our films have in common is that they are of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, that they are of a very good quality, and, in some cases, that they have a remarkable documentary value. Our aim is to select films that are arty, sexy, and committed.
Where are the films shown?
The films are shown in a city centre location, the New Theatre (two doors down from The Project Theatre) in East Essex street, Temple Bar, Dublin2. This is a cosy and gay-friendly venue, and it is fully wheelchair accessible.
A Film Club is a club offering a regular programme of screenings throughout the year, attended by a group of people who have paid membership to the club. There are over 70 film clubs in Ireland. The Dublin Film Qlub is part of this network.
Is the Film Qlub just a screening?
The Film Qlub sessions are more than just a screening. There is a social side to the club, as well as an educational side, and you also get a chance to share your views. Before the film, there will be a brief introduction giving details about the director and the context of the film. After the screening, there will be an open discussion about the film for 10-15 minutes, depending on the duration of the movie. Free tea, coffee, and cake will be available for those in attendance.
Are there screenings for special interest groups?
At the Dublin Film Qlub, we make every effort to be as inclusive as possible, and to honour the diversity of the LGBTQ community, and we keep this in mind when we devise the programme. We are particularly aware of the difficulties in sourcing lesbian films, and are working towards achieving a 50/50 ratio of films reflecting both lesbian and gay experience.
Some of the screenings in our first season will be of particular interest to trans people, older LGBT, bisexuals, young adult LGBT, gender-bender lesbians, and anti-authoritarian queers. Because of the characteristics of our first season (see below), the deaf LGBT community may be particularly interested in attending the screenings.
We endeavour to screen little known films, or films rarely shown in cinemas, so our club will be of particular interest to students of film, or to people who want to learn more about the history of cinema and its latest developments. Our programme is designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in film as an art form.
Who can join?
Anyone can join the Film Qlub. The films are of special interest to the LGBTQ community, but if you support our community you are most welcome, regardless of your sexual orientation.
How do I join?
To join, you must get a membership for the season. You can get your club membership at the door on the day of the first screening, or at any other screening in the first half of the season. If you wish, you can pre-book your membership by contacting our email address.There are three types of membership at the Film Qlub:
- Full Membership (aka "Grand"): 10 films = all the films in one Season
- Partial Membership (aka "Circle"): 5 films
- Day membership: 1 film
Who are the organisers?The organisers come from a variety of backgrounds, from academia, to the film industry, to financial management. They work in the Film Qlub on a voluntary capacity. They have experience organising similar community events, and they were part of the team which brought you the Dublin Lookout LGBTQ Film Festival in 2006. Some of the organisers are founding members of the Brain Fog Collective, a not-for-profit arts collective with a particular interest in gay and lesbian film making.