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Parkland Entertainment acquires Irish-language rowing drama Tarrac! for Irish and UK release
13 Feb 2023 : Nathan Griffin
The latest Irish-language feature films from the hugely successful Cine4 scheme, Declan Recks’ Tarrac! has been acquired by UK distributor Parkland Entertainment for theatrical release across Ireland and the UK later this year.

The sister company of UK sales outfit Parkland Pictures, Parkland Entertainment will also represent sales on the title at this month’s European Film Market (EFM).

A theatrical release date of July 2023 has been set for the film, which made its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer.

Tarrac is an intimate character drama set in the Kerry Gaeltacht. Aoife Ní Bhraoin returns home to help her father, Breandán “The Bear” Ó Braoin, recover from a heart attack. Day to day they get along just fine. As we dig a little deeper, we find that there is so much that has been left unsaid about the loss of Aoife’s mother. Directed by Declan Recks, written by Eugene O’Brien, and produced by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla, through Icebox Films in association with TG4, Screen Ireland, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Meaning “pull!” in Irish, Tarrac! filmed on locations across the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland’s south west coast. The cast is led by Kelly Gough and Lorcan Cranitch, with An Cailín Ciúin star Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Kate Finegan, Rachel Feeney, and Cillian Ó Gairbhí rounding out the supporting cast.

The Cine4 scheme has so far produced a number of successful titles including Arracht, Foscadh, and Róise & Frank, with Colm Bairéad’s An Cailín Ciúin making history as the first ever Irish language film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

The drama won the best cinematography award for DoP Patrick Jordan at the Galway Film Festival last summer, while director Declan Recks’ previous credits include Eden, The Truth Commissioner, and TV dramas Pure Mule, The Running Mate, and Scúp.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ní Bhuachalla said: “I am delighted to have Tom Stewart and Andrew Brown at Parkland releasing and selling Tarrac! as their passion and enthusiasm for our film has been just incredible. We can’t wait for the local world of Tarrac to be introduced to global audiences now!”

“Tarrac! is a story about re-connection – with family, with passion and with heritage. So often this desire to belong, that we all have, can be neglected in the chaos of our modern lives. But trying to create these bonds again is not without its challenges too and I think that is what will resonate strongly with audiences,” Ní Bhuachalla added. “(It) is very much a local story set in a unique location that has its own vibrant culture and language. The richness of the language, the backdrop of naomhóg racing, and the stunning scenery make this film uniquely Irish. It’s an area of Ireland that I know very well, and I think our film provides a perspective not seen onscreen before.”

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