Ireland, 2021

Director: Seán Breathnach; writer: Seán Breathnach; cinematography: Colm Hogan; production design: Margot Cullen; editing: Conall De Cleir; music: Sindri Már Sigfússon; producer: Paddy Hayes; production company: Tua Films. Irish location: Co. Galway

Running time: 93’

Cast: Dónall Ó Héalai, Fionnuala Flaherty, Cillian O’Gairbhi, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Diarmuid de Faoite, Brendan Conroy, Tara Breathnach

Based on Donal Ryan’s novel The Thing About December

Best Irish First Feature, Galway Film Fleadh 2021


Set in the wild mountains of Connemara, Foscadh tells the story of friendless and guileless recluse John Cunliffe who is suddenly propelled into manhood at the ripe old age of 28. When his over-cosseting parents pass away, John inherits mountain land that is in the way of a lucrative wind-farm development, and he is forced to navigate the choppy waters of romance, trust and vengeance for the first time.


Seán Breathnach is a writer/director from Galway. He is a native Irish speaker and has a particular thematic interest in stories that explore detachment and isolation in the rural environment. Seán has written and directed a number of award winning short films that have screened at film festivals around the world. He has both photographed and directed a variety of documentaries for the Irish national television broadcasters RTÉ and TG4. Seán lectures at the National University of Ireland, Galway on screenwriting and on film production. Foscadh is his first feature film.