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Paddy Breathnach

Paddy Breathnach

Paddy Breathnach came to the fore with the hit Irish feature, I Went Down, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win four prizes, including the New Directors Prize, at the San Sebastian Festival, also garnering the Best Director Prize at the Thessalonki Film Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at the Bogata International Festival. The film was also selected for the Sundance Film Festival.

Ailsa, Breathnach's first feature, won the Euskal Media Award for Best First Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Breathnach also directed the award-winning short film A Stone of the Heart, written by the Whitbread nominated author Joseph O'Connor, and the feature documentary, The Road to America, which became a best-selling video title in Ireland. His documentary work also includes WRH, a six-part, fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the daily life of a general hospital.

In 1997, Breathnach and partner Robert Walpole produced Southpaw, directed by Liam McGrath, a documentary following the extraordinary story of an Irish Olympian in Atlanta. The film, originally intended for television, received a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland and was seen at the Sundance Film Festival. More recently, Breathnach and Walpole produced Saltwater, a feature film adapted and directed by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the CICAE Award for Best Film.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Paddy Breathnach Facts


Selected Filmography

I Went Down
Blow Dry
Red Mist
Man About Dog
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