Produced By: Modern Films

The 8th [Online FILM]

17 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
17 May, All Day
14 Jun, All Day

A Black Tabby Films production in association with  Fork Films and Cowtown Pictures. Distributed by Modern Films
Directed & Produced by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy & Maeve O’Boyle
Edited by Maeve O’Boyle
Produced by Alan Maher

Ailbhe Smyth
Andrea Horan

Year 2021
Runtime 94 min,

Feature documentary, UK

Cert 12

In English with Closed Captions available

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


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.