Breaking Out

Michael McCormack & Interference

Breaking Out

Outdoor screening in the Park | 18.30 – 20.00 | Free

Directed by Michael McCormack | 2019 | 85mins

This award-winning feature documentary celebrates the remarkable life of Schull native, the late Irish musician Fergus O’Farrell.

This is a very personal documentary a labour of love for over 16 years by Director Michael McCormack, featuring Fergus O’Farrell – whose song ‘Gold’ is one of the showstoppers of Glen Hansard’s Oscar-winning film (and multi-Tony-award-winning musical) Once. A film in which a spirit breaks free of the body’s confines. Fergus was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands of the Irish music scene in the 1990s. 

Despite being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Fergus just had to keep singing.  His unique talent and love of life inspired a generation of songwriters, even as his own was slipping away.  This is the story of that voice, and Fergus’ fierce passion and dedication to his art. Fergus was a great friend and supporter of the festival.

Winner of Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2019

Breaking Out is a Silver Moonbeam Film production in association with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland distributed by Element.

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