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Breaking Out: The Remarkable Story of Fergus O'Farrell

1h 25m Documentary, Music, Irish Film, Biography 2020

Fergus O’Farrell was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands on the Irish music scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s.  Although diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Fergus did not define himself by his condition nor allow it to limit his musical pursuits.  The film follows him from his teenage days in Dublin to the Czech Republic, to Radio City Music Hall and home to West Cork where he struggles to record his final album.  

Michael McCormack’s unrushed, joyful, funny and deeply affecting portrait made over ten years captures the pain of Fergus’s deterioration and the strength he gained from his wife Li, his family, Glen Hansard and many other friends. 

Winner of the George Morrison Feature Documentary award and Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh.


Mick Mahon





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