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Fergus O'Farrell documentary Breaking Out to close IndieCork 2020
23 Sep 2020 : News Desk
Breaking Out
IndieCork has announced that Michael McCormack acclaimed feature documentary Breaking Out has been selected as the closing night film at this year’s festival.

Cork audiences will particularly relish this film, as it documents the life of Cork legend Fergus O’Farrell, one of the most creative music forces to come out of the county.

Fergus O’Farrell was 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.

Oscar-winner Glen Hansard was one of those songwriters that 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. This is the story of that voice, and Fergus’ fierce passion and dedication to his art.  

Winner of Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2019 and hailed by Screen Daily as “deeply affecting” and “a privilege to watch”, this intimate journey into the heart and soul of Fergus O’Farrell was filmed over ten years by director Michael McCormack.

Breaking Out is a Silver Moonbeam Film Production in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland. 

Element Distribution will release Breaking Out in Irish cinemas nationwide and on-demand on November 6th.

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