The short film Breathe, directed by Donegal native James Doherty and starring John Connors (Love/Hate), has been selected to be showcased internationally on BFI Player as part of the British Council and BFI Five Films 4 Freedom, coinciding with BFI Flare Festival. It is available to watch right now.

Breathe was chosen from thousands of applicants to screen at BFI Flare, Europe’s biggest LGBT film festival, and is one of only five applicants to be selected for Films 4 Freedom.

#FiveFilms4Freedom is the world’s first global, digital LGBT film festival and celebrates love as a human right through film. Breathe has been selected as part of this initiative and is now available to watch globally on the BFI Player.

Breathe is set amongst the Irish Travelling community. It questions to what extent a Father is willing to go when the one who’s threatening his legacy and his reputation is his own son. Patrick’s (John Connors) reluctance to accept his son, for who and what he is (becoming) spirals out of control; pushing him too far, with devastating consequences. Can Patrick bring about change in his son, or ultimately is he the one that needs to change?

Breathe was produced with Film London and shot on location in Co. Offaly in the summer of 2015, with Tullamore local Peter Brennan producing. Scannain managing editor Niall Murphy acted as executive producer. The film also stars Lynn Rafferty and Lee O’Donoghue, and completed post production with editor Breege Rowley and Outer Limits in Dun Laoghaire.

Breathe will have its Irish premiere at Dingle Film Festival on Friday March 18th, before playing at the BFI Flare Festival on March 26th at BFI Southbank in London. It will follow these two appearances with a trip to Northern ireland for the Belfast Film Festival, where it plays in competition on April 23rd.

For more information check out the film’s Facebook or Twitter.

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