#112 | Paddy Breathnach | Director

Jul 17, 2020, 12:29 PM

This week on the next Episode of FNI Wrapchat, Paul Webster chats to a bit of a cult hero director for a lot of Irish creatives, Paddy Breathnach.

Paddy Breathnach started his directing career making natural history documentaries. His first feature, AILSA, won the Award for Best First / Second Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His second feature I WENT DOWN (BBC Films) starring Brendan Gleeson, won the New Directors prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival 1997. I WENT DOWN screened at Sundance in 1998 and won the Best Director award at both Thessaloniki and Bogota Film Festivals. He produced SOUTHPAW, a feature documentary that was selected for Sundance in 1999 and got a US and UK theatrical release.
Breathnach went on to direct BLOW DRY, MAN ABOUT DOG, SHROOMS and RED MIST. In 2012 he completed the documentary AN OICHE A GINEADH M'ATHAIR. In 2016 his Spanish language film VIVA was short listed for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His latest film, ROSIE, premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the UK in March 2019.
He’s a board member of The Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland.

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