Directed and Produced by Cathal Ó Cuaig
Cinematography by Seamus Deasy, ISC
Editor Ronnie Quinlan
In 2010, the very first Físín competition was held as part of Dingle International Film Festival. The winner of that first Físín, Cathal Ó Cuaig, went on to make his film An Cluiche through the Físín prize.
Now in its 13th year, Dingle International Film Festival will run its 9th Físín competition as part of the Festival Programme in March 2019. Dingle IFF is committed and fully supportive of filmmakers and sees itself very much as a Festival for those involved in the industry. It is not surprising, then, that its clever programming will further promote Cathal who has recently completed his documentary film, ‘Slán Leis an gCeol – Farewell to Music’
“The film is namely a documentary on the musician Tony MacMahon… but is as much about mental health and BiPolar as it is about music – which I think makes it interesting to a wider audience than those interested in traditional music.” says Cathal who also states it will be “fantastic to be back in Dingle with a film – where I presented my first ever film.”
A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, “Slán leis an gCeol” explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man, laying bare the deep-seated troubles that lie just beneath the surface. Tony MacMahon, one of Irelands most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s’ and is rapidly losing his ability to play. Losing his creative voice is slowly killing his spirit and has led him to prepare for his own death through assisted suicide. In his own inimitable lyrical fashion, Tony recounts the pivotal events that shaped his life, determined his mind and influenced his art. Delving deep into his mental anguish, he reveals a difficult story of euphoric highs and devastating lows. It is the story of a long, often secret, battle with bipolar disorder. A battle in which he tried to use his own unique passions and creativity to turn his darkness into light.
The film will be introduced by it’s Director Cathal Ó Cuaig