WFFA & DIFF : Arracht

Mar 3rd
7:30 pm
€9 |

Ireland 1845, As famine progresses, a fisherman unable to protect his family is subsumed by darkness until a helpless little girl saves him from despair.

Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, a father, a husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars arrives just ahead of ‘the blight,’ a disease that eventually wipes out the country’s potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions.

As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord’s house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls on deaf ears and that night Patsy goes on a murderous rampage killing five people including the Landlord and Colmán’s brother, Seán.

Two years later and millions of Irish have either died or been displaced. Colmán, blamed for the murders and on the run is unable to prevent the death of his loved ones. Isolated on a rocky island he is driven mad with the trauma of his loss and lives a feral existence in a realm between life and death.

After a failed suicide attempt, Colmán encounters a young girl, Kitty, abandoned on the mainland. In an attempt to help her he is injured in an attack and they are both stranded on the island. They nurse each other back from the brink and a life saving friendship develops.

But Colmán’s respite is short lived when Patsy, now in the employment of an English bounty hunter returns to find him.



Bio Cast+Crew


Tom Sullivan:

Tom Sullivan was born in Dublin and studied Earth Science at University College Galway. After graduating and much to his parents delight he started acting and has worked in film and television since.

In 2010 Tom began writing and directing. His first film Asal (2011), premiered at the Galway Film Festival and won the Tiernan McBride award for Best Short Drama, as did his second short Mechanic two years later. In the interim he directed Eoinín, a film for television. In 2014 he co-wrote and directed Sínte, a 30min film that won Best Short Drama at the Celtic Media Awards.

Personal Development, Tom’s next film had it’s North American premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2015 and subsequently was invited to screen on all International Airline flights as part of the Tribeca Presents programme. It has received multiple nominations and awards internationally. Tom then directed Fir Bolg, a six part comedy drama that won an IFTA, (Irish Film and Television award), for best Irish production in 2017. He has also been nominated for a Zebbie award by the Irish Writers Guild for his work in film. Arracht is Tom’s first feature.

Cúán Mac Conghail

Cúán Mac Conghail founded Macalla Teoranta over 20 years ago. He is a producer/ Editor and Director, with a wide range of experience. Having trained at the BBC in London he has produced awarding winning documentaries and developed several original formats for both RTÉ and TG4. His work includes the feature film Studs (2006), as well as many shorts with Tupperware and the IFTA awarded Lipservice, which both received cinema release as a supporting films. This list of credits extends to The Road to Moneygall (2011), Meeting with Ivor (2017). His skills range from pre-production and script development, through production and into postproduction.

As well as producing “Arracht’ he is also also producing another feature at the moment which will be completed in early 2020. Mary Crumlish Mary Crumlish is an accomplished and experienced editor. Amongst her credits are Frank O’Connor – Idir Dhá Shruth, Making them Pay, Behind the Walls, and many television series.

In 2014 Mary worked with Tom Sullivan and went on to be awarded the Best Short Drama at the Celtic Media Festival. Kate McCullough Kate is one of the main cinematographers in Ireland. Her work includes The Queen of Ireland, The Farthest, His and Hers and Sínte. Kate has experience working with Tom Sullivan.

Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy is co-owner of the oscar winning production company Fantastic Films. Brendan oversees the development, funding and distribution of films by Fantastic Films and co-productions. Brendan received a first honour in Screen Writing from IADT. In 2006 two of his scripts were developed further to feature films, Wake Wood and The Cherry Tree.

He worked as a Film Advisor for The Arts Council of Ireland, he was also an Irish Delegate for Eurimages, as well as that he was  Head of Production and Development at the Irish Film Board from 2001 to 2005.


Kíla are a group of musicians from Dublin, heralded as one of Ireland’smost innovative and exciting bands. They were founded in 1987 while still attending school in Coláiste Eoin, Dublin. Kíla’s music has been placed in many documentaries on RTÉ, TG4 and BBC2. Kíla were nominated for an Emmy in 2015 for their soundtrack to the film “Ireland’s Wild River”.


Dónal Ó hÉalaí:

Dónal Ó hÉalaí was born in Galway in 1987 and is currently living in Dublin. Included in his credits are Impossible Mondaters, Traders (2015), My Name is Emily (2015), Loud Places (2016) and Pursuit (2015). Dónal studied in Bow Street Academy of Screen Acting in Dublin.

Dara Devaney:

Dara Devaney from Connemara, Galway is best known for his roles in Finky (2019), Float Like a Butterfly (2018), Penance (2018), Murdair Mhám Trains (2018), An Klondike (2015), an Bronntanas (2014) and Corp & Anam.

Seán T. Ó Meallaigh:

Seán T. originally from Donegal is an actor/writer best known for Vikings (2013), Love is a Sting (2015) and An Klondike (2015)

Elaine O’Dwyer:

Elaine is a Limerick born across and writer based in London. She trained at the Guildford School of Acting


Leitir Mealláin, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe.


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