𝘼𝙧𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙩' Irish Language feature film opens THIS FRIDAY 𝟭𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗢𝗰𝘁
The film blends the story of Ireland's politics and tragic history with more modern elements of genre conventions while using the Irish Language in a genre tale that appeals to and captivates a contemporary audience.
SEE LETTER TO SCHOOLS BELOW:
We are very excited to announce the release of Irish language feature film, ARRACHT (cert 12A). A bracingly authentic and tender story about finding hope when all else is lost, ARRACHT is written and directed by Tom O'Sullivan featuring Dónall O'Héalaí in the starring role. Produced by Cúán MacConghail and backed by Screen Ireland and TG4 , the film was Ireland's Oscar contender for Best International Film this year.
ARRACHT tells the story of Colmán Sharkey, fisherman, father and 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 location in Connemara with a beautiful score from Emmy-nominated Irish group Kíla and boasting a wide cast of Irish actors, ARRACHT is a stunning debut from writer-director Tom Sullivan that blends Ireland’s tragic history with more modern elements of genre conventions. We have a number of upcoming screenings suitable for schools for ages 12yrs and over Key points of interest include:
- The use of Irish language in a genre story that captivates and appeals to a contemporary audience
- History and politics of an Ireland decimated by famine and the economic and social struggles inflicted on a population deprived of a source of food and labour
- Character education, reflected in Colmáns efforts to retain his morality in a society under immense pressure.
ARRACT is released nationwide on Friday October 15th and we are delighted to be bringing screenings to a cinema in your locality.
If you or any of your colleagues have an interest in making a booking of 40+ students, we can arrange this for you with your local cinema.