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IFTA Preview Screening & Discussion - Arracht

When:March 2020

Academy Members are invited to a special first-look screening of Tom Sullivan’s Arracht.

Arracht tells the story of Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, living on the wild shores of Connemara in 1845 as The Great Hunger descends. As land taxes rise and crops rot, Colmán confronts his Landlord. The night ends in deadly violence and Colmán is forced to go on the run, hunted for crimes he did not commit. As the years pass in solitude, Colmán returns to the mainland and encounters a young girl, Kitty and a life-saving friendship develops.

Filmed entirely on the remote west coast of Ireland in Connemara, Arracht is a haunting tale of overcoming grief, the fight for survival and finding hope when all else is lost.

The Irish language feature film is written and directed by Tom Sullivan (IFTA winner for Fir Bolg) and stars Dónall Ó Héalaí (Traders), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), Siobhán O’Kelly (High Rise), Dara Devaney (Float Like a Butterfly), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate), Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (An Klondike), Michelle Beamish (An Bronntanas) and introduces 11-year old Saise Ní Chuinn.

Arracht is produced by Cúán MacConghail of Macalla Teoranta and backed by Screen Ireland and TG4 as a part of the Cine 4 initiative.

Directed by:Tom Sullivan

Produced by:Cúán MacConghail

Cast: Dónall Ó Héalaí, Michael McElhatton, Siobhán O’Kelly, Dara Devaney, Peter Coonan, Seán T. Ó Meallaigh, Michelle Beamish, and introduces 11-year old Saise Ní Chuinn.

Arracht will be released by Break Out Pictures in Irish cinemas on 3rd April, 2020.