Saturday 3rd April 13:00-14:00
This event is FREE but you must book tickets to attend via Eventbrite

All three directors of the film will be taking part in a discussion about the film and the issues raised in it on Saturday 3 April at 13:00. A Zoom link will be sent out shortly before the Q&A.

The 8th follows a number of dedicated Irish female activists as they strive to overturn the 8th amendment, banning abortion, that was passed in 1983. Using archive footage throughout the 35 year battle for the right to choose, the film focuses on a number of key events during this period that provoked public demonstrations, culminating in the referendum in 2018. Documenting an emotive grassroots campaign around an issue that threatened to tear the country apart, the film is never sensationalist or provocative - it merely reflects the sense of injustice felt by so many women and their fight to be heard.


Maeve O’Boyle, Director/Producer/Editor

Maeve O'Boyle

Maeve O’Boyle is an Emmy-award winning editor and producer. She edited The Education of Mohammad Hussein (HBO), which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. She co-produced and edited the Emmy-award-winning and 2014 IRE Award winning, Firestone and the Warlord (PBS). She also edited and co-produced Growing Up Trans (PBS), which won a DuPont Columbia award and co-wrote and edited Do I Sound Gay?, which premiered at TIFF and was awarded the runner up for People’s Choice Award. Other work includes Left of the Dial (HBO), Heat (PBS), 112 Weddings (HBO & BBC) and The Kids Grow Up (HBO), which premiered at IDFA and Full Frame and was awarded a special Jury prize at AFI Docs. She is currently co-directing and editing a feature documentary on the folk singer Joan Baez.

Aideen Kane, Producer / Director

Aideen Kane

Aideen's most recent film as producer was Women in Blue - it premiered on PBS in the US last month. She is currently producing a new feature documentary on Income Inequality, co directed by Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes for release early next year.   Aideen is also the VP of production at Fork Films a documentary company in New York 

Lucy Kennedy, Director

Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She directed four episodes of the Netflix investigative documentary series Rotten including Lawyers, Guns & Honey and The Avocado Wars. She was the commissioning producer for three years of the Emmy-award-winning investigative series, Fault Lines on Al Jazeera. Over that period she directed and commissioned for the series; directing credits include Death on the Bakken Shale, One Day in Charkh and American Sheriff. 


Sophie Duncan - Chair 

Sophie Duncan

Manchester-based Sophie Duncan is a freelance events coordinator and programmer, previously working various roles at festivals including LIFF, Open City Documentary Festival, and BFI Flare. Currently, she is a Senior Programmer at Women X Film Festival, a North East event which uplifts women and non-binary filmmakers. She’s also part of the Industry team at Sheffield DocFest.

The 8th is available to rent on Leeds Film Player from 29th March - 11th April 2021 for £5

Please note the film contains a number of themes and issues which some people may find disturbing.

If you, or anyone you know have been affected by abortion the following organisations and helplines can provide advice and guidance:
British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Sexual Health Clinics


Film Poster for The 8th