The 8th

2020| 12A| 94 mins| /

Sponsored by CityFibre

Directors: Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle
Starring: Ailbhe Smyth, Andrea Horan

Available to stream at home from Monday 17 May

Beautifully inspirational and uplifting, The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion. This urgent documentary reveals the country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. 

Including voices from both sides of the debate, The 8th recognises the wide variety of opinion while focussing on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. The film follows the veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter-activist Andrea Horan as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the impossible.

A vital narrative, a cautionary tale and a roadmap for progressive reforms in a modern era where authoritarianism is on the rise, The 8th shows a country forging a new progressive path at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.


We are very excited to offer a virtual preview Q&A on Tuesday 18 May in partnership with Birds Eye View Reclaim the Frame, hosted by Radio 1’s Annie Mac. This event is free for audiences to access, and will be captioned and BSL interpreted. Click here to sign up!

Stream on demand for £9.99. You’ll have 48 hours to watch the film. 50% of the streaming fee goes towards supporting Northampton Filmhouse.

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy

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