#164 | Michael McCormack | Director (Breaking Out)

Nov 29, 2021, 03:40 PM

 Paul Webster spoke with Michael McCormack this time last year just before the planned release of Breaking Out, a ten year oddysey with Interference frontman and singer Fergus O Farrell, his battle with Muscular Dystrophy and one of the most  unlikely musical comebacks ever.  But Covid had other plans. Breaking Out has finally hit Irish cinemas after a long and tumultuous journey to screen and we got to have a great chat with Michael about how it got there.

In Irish cinemas now! 

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Director Michael McCormack’s 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 Best Irish Feature Documentary Galway International Film Fleadh 2019, This is such a moving Portrait. Suffering all his life from muscular dystrophy, Irish musician Fergus O’Farrell found his release through music and his ever-changing band of musicians.
Filmed over a decade, charting his first tour to the Czech Republic, to Radio City Music Hall and to his last days of recording his final album at his home in West Cork, Breaking Out is a love story about music, family and friendship.

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