Five more awards for Irish Language Film Arracht at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival
Arracht, an Irish language feature film created as part of the CINE4 initiative from TG4, Screen Ireland, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Cine4 is a new inititative to develop original feature films in the Irish language. Arracht had its world premiere at the 23rd PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, in Estonia in November 2019, its Irish premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival in February and its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in March.
Arracht was awarded Best Irish Film at the Virgin Media International Film Festival and picked up the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival.
The film has been awarded a further five awards at the American Golden Picture International Film Festival.
- Best Feature Film
- Best Director – Tom Sullivan
- Best Cinematographer – Kate McCullough
- Best Child Actress – Saise Ní Chuinn
- Best Lead Actor, Honourable Mention – Dónall Ó Héalaí
Arracht is a feature film by Tom Sullivan, Produced by Cúán Mac Conghail for Macalla Teo, and staring Dónal Ó Héalaí.
Arracht is set in Ireland in 1845, and centres on Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, who takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier arrives just ahead of ‘the blight,’ a crop disease that caused the Great Plague, killing and displacing millions of Irish people.
Alan Esslemont, Director General at TG4 says “TG4 congratulates Macalla and Arracht on yet another set of awards for this wonderful film from the Cine4 scheme.
Bringing Irish language content to all screens has been at the heart of TG4’s vision for audiences, and the Cine4 funding brings world class Irish language film to a global audience. ‘Arracht’ has been gaining critical acclaim since it premiered at the Tallinn Film Festival last November.”