The 8th

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In Cinemas: May 25, 2021

The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion. It shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. 

The 8th includes voices from both sides of the debate, but its primary focus is on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. The film follows the veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth  (@ailbhes) and self-described glitter activist Andrea Horan (@AndreaHoran) as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the near impossible. This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to this defining moment in Irish history. 

An urgent 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. 

Director(s): Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O’Boyle

The 8th will be available in 45+ venues from the 25th of May, to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the #RepealThe8th referendum. 

Rating: 12A
Length: 95 mins

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Join the conversation

To celebrate the launch of The 8th we are hosting a range of in-person and virtual conversations. Click on the links below to find out more about the speakers and topics of conversation.

For all virtual events you will be able to watch again on replay.

Reclaim the Frame // The 8th – UK Preview Q&A hosted by Annie MacManus

May 18, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: Care and Compassion for Irish Women in Crisis: Celebrating the UK Support Networks

May 26, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: Activating with Joy & Throwing Glitter on an Issue

May 27, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: The Power of Protest: What We Can Learn From the Victorious Irish Abortion Campaign

June 1, 2021

The 8th x Genesis Cinema (In Theatre + Q&A)

June 2, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: Global Reproductive Rights Activism: Building Solidarity

June 3, 2021

The 8th x Midlands Arts Centre (In Theatre + Q&A)

June 9, 2021

Join the conversation

To celebrate the launch of Reclaim the Frame // The 8th – UK Preview Q&A hosted by Annie MacManus we are hosting a range of in-person and virtual conversations. Click on the links below to find out more about the speakers and topics of conversation.

Q&A // The 8th: Global Reproductive Rights Activism: Building Solidarity

June 3, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: The Power of Protest: What We Can Learn From the Victorious Irish Abortion Campaign

June 1, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: Activating with Joy & Throwing Glitter on an Issue

May 27, 2021

Q&A // The 8th: Care and Compassion for Irish Women in Crisis: Celebrating the UK Support Networks

May 26, 2021

The 8th x Midlands Arts Centre (In Theatre + Q&A)

June 9, 2021

The 8th x Genesis Cinema (In Theatre + Q&A)

June 2, 2021

Reclaim the Frame // The 8th – UK Preview Q&A hosted by Annie MacManus

May 18, 2021

VIRTUAL CINEMA TICKETS​

By purchasing a virtual cinema ticket you will be supporting your local independent cinema or one of our campaign partners through our revenue share scheme. After purchasing you can watch the film at any time, from the comfort of home, on your own device. The viewing links will be available to watch from the release date onwards.

Some of the virtual cinema links are hosted by Together Films on this site and some links will direct you to our campaign partner websites. The virtual cinema links are accessible across the whole of the country, so you can choose any venue or partner to support.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

£9.99

Abortion Support Network

£9.99

Alnwick Playhouse

£9.99

Birmingham Students for Choice

£9.99

BPAS

£9.99

Broadway Cinema

£9.99

Chapter

£9.99

Cinema & Co

£9.99

Conquest Theatre

£9.99

David Lean Cinema

£9.99

Edinburgh University Feminist Society

£9.99

EuropeNow Film Festival

£9.99

Exeter Phoenix

£9.99

Feminism and Gender Equality Society University of Bath

£9.99

Feminista Film Festival

£9.99

Galeri Caernarfon Cyf

£9.99

Glasgow Film Theatre

£9.99

HOME

£9.99

Intersectional Feminist Association

£9.99

Ipswich Film Theatre

£9.99

Irish Film London

£9.99

Kinokulture Cinema

£9.99

Lesflicks

£9.99

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

£9.99

MacRoberts Arts Centre

£9.99

Midlands Arts Centre

£9.99

No6 Cinema

£9.99

Northampton Filmhouse

£9.99

Oban Phoenix Cinema

£9.99

The Old Market Hall

£9.99

Phoenix Leicester

£9.99

Pontio

£9.99

QUAD

£9.99

Queen’s Film Theatre

£9.99

Reading Film Theatre

£9.99

Rich Mix

£9.99

Rio Cinema

£9.99

Saffron Screen

£9.99

Screen25

£9.99

Showroom Cinema

£9.99

Sister Shack

£9.99

Square Chapel Arts Centre

£9.99

Stamford Arts Centre

£9.99

Storyhouse

£9.99

The Barbican Centre

£9.99

The Birks Cinema

£9.99

The Castle Cinema

£9.99

The Dukes

£9.99

The Place Theatre

£9.99

The Ultimate Picture Palace

£9.99

Windmill Cinema

£9.99

UFP Film Club

£9.99

Together Films

£9.99

Wish

£9.99

VIRTUAL CINEMA TICKETS​

By purchasing a virtual cinema ticket you will be supporting your local independent cinema or one of our campaign partners through our revenue share scheme. After purchasing you can watch the film at any time, from the comfort of home, on your own device. The viewing links will be available to watch from the release date onwards.

Some of the virtual cinema links are hosted by Together Films on this site and some links will direct you to our campaign partner websites. The virtual cinema links are accessible across the whole of the country, so you can choose any venue or partner to support.

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

Alnwick Playhouse

EuropeNow Film Festival

The Birks Cinema

Phoenix Leicester

Screen25

Queen’s Film Theatre

Oban Phoenix Cinema

Rio Cinema

Broadway Cinema

MacRoberts Arts Centre

Glasgow Film Theatre

The Barbican Centre

Irish Film London

Intersectional Feminist Association

Feminism and Gender Equality Society University of Bath

Edinburgh University Feminist Society

Birmingham Students for Choice

Abortion Support Network

Together Films

UFP Film Club

Windmill Cinema

The Ultimate Picture Palace

The Place Theatre

The Dukes

Stamford Arts Centre

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Sister Shack

Showroom Cinema

Saffron Screen

Rich Mix

Reading Film Theatre

Pontio

The Old Market Hall

Northampton Filmhouse

No6 Cinema

Midlands Arts Centre

Lesflicks

Kinokulture Cinema

Ipswich Film Theatre

Galeri Caernarfon Cyf

Feminista Film Festival

Exeter Phoenix

David Lean Cinema

Conquest Theatre

Cinema & Co

Storyhouse

The Castle Cinema

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Chapter

On Demand

The 8th is available via your favourite on-demand platforms.