Guests: Dathaí Keane, director; Eileen Seoighe, producer; Dara Devaney, cast




First Feature Competition

2019, 95 min
Dir: Dathai Keane
Prod: Pierce Boyce,Bríd Seoighe,Eileen Seoighe
Scr: Dathaí Keane,Diarmuid de Faoite
DoP: Cathal Watters
Music: Steve Lynch
Ed: Dermot Diskin
Cast: Dara Devaney,Ned Dennehy,Diarmuid de Faoite,Fionnuala Gygax,Eoin Geoghegan
Production: Abú Media
Language: Irish, English, Gaelic


Dathaí Keane is a TV and film director. He began his career as an editor before moving into directing and has directed a number of award-winning documentaries. His feature debut tells the story of a musician and puppeteer called Finky (played with warmth and kindness by Dara Devaney) who is stuck in a rot. This original Irish film is a full on attack on the senses, an electrified and confident debut, watching it is like taking a ride on a rollercoaster.

One night when Finky steals some cash and runs off to Scotland with his best friend, he vows to turn a new leaf, but things don’t quite work out that way. Finky has an accident and ends up in a wheelchair, he is ready to call it quits when a violent and avant-garde circus troupe recruits him as their newest member. From there on things get even crazier and the line between fantasy and reality becomes more and more blurred. One thing’s for sure, you can’t run away from your past and Finky has to face his demons whether he wants to or not.

Dathai Keane’s first film is a psychological drama that talks about life and death and coming to terms with the past, it is a moving story that really comes alive on the big screen.

The film is in Irish and Gaelic and was shot in Galway and Glasgow.

Liisi Rohumäe


Dathai Keane began his career as an editor andworked for over a decade cutting projects for both TV and film. His first projects as writer anddirector were documentaries and he has written and directed a number of award-winningdocumentary series for Irish television.Dathaí was awarded the IFTA for BestDirector Drama at the 2017 Irish and Film Television Awards for his work on the second seasonof "An Klondike". He has recently completed his first feature film, "Finky". The film was funded byScreen Ireland and premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2019 where it won the award forBest Cinematography.






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