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QFT Belfast to screen Irish language Oscar hopeful Rocky Ros Muc

A film directed and produced by Belfast-based production company Below The Radar will screen at QFT Belfast this month.

Rocky Ros Muc, which has been long-listed for an Academy Award, will open in Belfast on November 24.

The Irish language documentary premiered in Boston in March and the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh in July.

The film has already been released in cinemas in New York, LA and Boston and is now set to open to audiences in Ireland.

Rocky Ros Muc tells the story of Galway man Sean Mannion, a world-class boxer who left the Irish-speaking village of Ros Muc in Galway, for Boston, in the 1970s.

The film examines Mannion’s life inside the ring as a professional boxer, as well as outside the ring where his sparring partners and friends at the time were at the heart of Whitey Bulger’s notorious Winter Hill gang and the South Boston criminal underworld.

Director, Michael Fanning, said: “We are really excited that finally, after several months on the film festival circuit, Irish audiences will be able to go and see Rocky Ros Muc in the cinema.

“The film has had a phenomenal response already in the US, and we know Irish audiences will be similarly gripped by the heart-breaking story of Sean Mannion.

“The film has also been long listed for an Oscar which has been a dream come true for all of us who have worked on the film, as well as Sean Mannion himself. Being the first Irish language feature documentary to qualify in this way is a real honour.”

QFT Belfast will host a special screening of Rocky Ros Muc on Sunday 26 November followed by an Irish language Q&A. The film will screen until November 30.

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