In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Michael McCormack, the director of Breaking Out, which tells the remarkable story of Cork born singer-songwriter Fergus O’Farrell, the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling and influential bands to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990s.

Breaking Out is the remarkable story of Cork born singer-songwriter Fergus O’Farrell, the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most compelling and influential bands to emerge from the Irish music scene in the 1990’s. He was best known for his timeless song “Gold” which featured in the soundtrack to Once, the Oscar winning film and multi-Tony-award-winning musical.

Despite being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, through it all, Fergus had to keep singing. His unique talent and love for life inspired a generation of songwriters even as his own was slipping away. Close friend Glen Hansard was one of those songwriters and never forgot that voice, and in one of the many incredible moments in Breaking Out, he performs the ultimate duet as Fergus’ greatest gift was failing.

Hailed by Film Ireland as “extraordinary”, this intimate journey into the heart and soul of the late Fergus O’Farrell was filmed over ten years by director Michael McCormack.

Breaking Out is in cinemas from 19th November 2021.

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