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IFTA-winning documentary Breaking Out releases in cinemas on November 19th
29 Sep 2021 : News Desk
Glen Hansard and Fergus O'Farrell in Breaking Out
Winner of the George Morrison Feature Documentary Award at the 2021 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards and Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2019, Element Distribution has announced that Breaking Out will release in cinemas on November 19th.

Breaking Out is the remarkable story of Cork born singer-songwriter Fergus O’Farrell, the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling and influential bands to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990’s. He was best known for his timeless song Gold, which featured in the soundtrack to Once, the Oscar winning film and multi-Tony-award-winning musical.

Despite being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, through it all, Fergus had to keep singing. His unique talent and love for life inspired a generation of songwriters even as his own was slipping away. Close friend Glen Hansard was one of those songwriters and never forgot that voice, and in one of the many incredible moments in Breaking Out, he performs the ultimate duet as Fergus' greatest gift was failing. 

Hailed by Screen Daily as “deeply affecting” and “a privilege to watch”, this intimate journey into the heart and soul of the late Fergus O’Farrell was filmed over ten years by director Michael McCormack. The film is produced by Aideen O’Sullivan and Michael McCormack, with Mick Mahon editing, and the cinematography by Damien Drake & Richard Kendrick.

A Silver Moonbeam Film Production, Breaking Out was made in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

Element Distribution will release Breaking Out in Irish cinemas on November 19th.

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