Director: Michael McCormack

84 mins, Ireland, 2020, Digital

This opening screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Michael McCormack and a unique chance to catch a musical turn from Fergus’s Interference bandmates Camilla Griehsel, Paul Tiernan, and James O’Leary.

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Fergus O’Farrell was the charismatic voice of Interference, one of the most influential bands on the Irish music scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s.  Although diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Fergus did not define himself by his condition nor allow it to limit his musical pursuits. The film follows him from his teenage days in Dublin to the Czech Republic, to Radio City Music Hall and home to West Cork where he struggles to record his final album.

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.

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