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Short Film – Mac An Athar (His Father’s Son)


TITLE: Mac An Athar (His Father’s Son)

Funded by: Filmbase/TG4 Lasair Scheme

Director: Colm Bairead
Writer: Colm Bairead
Producer: Greg Corcoran
Production Company: Fingers Crossed Films

Running Time: 21 Mins
Year: 2005
Language: Irish (English Subs)

Key Cast: Cain Williams, Mac Dara O Fatharta, Georgia Cronin
DOP: Fergal O’Hanlon


Mac an Athar is the story of Seán, a 12 year-old boy raised in the Irish language on Dublin’s Northside, who encounters ridicule for his “unorthodox” upbringing. He has not spoken a word of Irish to his father, Tomás, since the sudden death of his mother some months back. But as Seán begins to see the toll her death has taken on his father, a transformation begins…

More Information:

-Winner of the Best Director Award at the Savannah International Film Festival 2006
-The Jesse Epstein Humanitarian Award, Cleveland International Film Festival 2006
-Audience Award, Filmstock UK, 2006
-Special Mention, Gael Linn Award for Best Short in the Irish Language, Cork Film Festival 2005

-Rhode Island International Film Festival
-Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
-Kerry Film Festival 2005
-Cleveland International Film Festival 2006
-Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, Canada 2005
-Up and Coming International Film festival, Hanover 2005
-7th Annual Magners Irish Film Festival, Boston 2005

The full film can be viewed, here.