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The short film Breathe, directed by Donegal native James Doherty and starring John Connors, has been selected to be showcased internationally on BFI Player as part of the British Council and BFI Five Films 4 Freedom, coinciding with BFI Flare Festival.

Breathe was chosen from thousands of applicants to screen at BFI Flare, Europe’s biggest LGBT film festival, and is one of only five applicants to be selected for Films 4 Freedom.

#FiveFilms4Freedom is the world’s first global, digital LGBT film festival and celebrates love as a human right through film. Breathe has been selected as part of this initiative and will be shown globally on BFI Player from March 16th.

Breathe was produced with Film London and shot on location in Co. Offaly in the summer of 2015, with Tullamore local Peter Brennan producing. Also starring Lynn Rafferty and Lee O’Donoghue the film completed post production with editor Breege Rowley and Outer Limits in Dun Laoghaire. Breathe will have its Irish premiere at Dingle Film Festival on Friday, March 18th.

Breathe is set amongst the Irish Travelling community. It questions to what extent a Father is willing to go when the one who’s threatening his legacy and his reputation is his own son. Patrick’s (John Connors) reluctance to accept his son, for who and what he is (becoming) spirals out of control; pushing him too far, with devastating consequences. Can Patrick bring about change in his son, or ultimately is he the one that needs to change?

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Dingle Film Festival: Friday March 18th –  11:00 : St. James’ Church, Dingle
Belfast Film Festival :  TBA

BFI Flare Festival: Saturday 26 March 2016 11:00 and 18:30: BFI Southbank, London
St Patrick’s Day Film Festivals : March 13th  – 13:00 :Regent Street Cinema London







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