Ireland, UK, USA, 2017 – documentary
Director: Michael Fanning; cinematography: Ronan Fox; editing: Michael Paisley; music: Andrew Simon McAllister; producers: Michael Fanning, Máire Bhreathnach; associate producer: Rónán Mac Con Iomaire; executive producer: Trevor Birney; production company: Below the Radar; Irish location: Galway; running time: 92’
From humble beginnings, to competing for a world title crown. From the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Galway, to the criminal underworld of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and the mean streets of Boston. In the mid-1970s Sean Mannion left Galway for Boston. In October 1984, he stood in the boxing ring in Madison Square Garden, New York City, fighting for a WBA world title crown. Rocky Ros Muc is Sean Mannion’s story: a story of survival, determination, honour and strength. A story about identity and community, not just for Sean Mannion, but for thousands of emigrants like him.
Michael Fanning is an award winning producer and director who has produced a range of current affairs and factual programmes for both network and regional broadcasters including Channel 4 News, Sky, RTÉ, BBC and TG4. Since 2013 Michael has been Managing Director of Below The Radar and oversees all of company’s projects in both English and Irish language as Executive Producer. Michael began his career in UTV where he spent 5 years working in news and current affairs. Rocky Ros Muc is his first feature documentary.