Dublin-based distribution company Break Out Pictures, which released the Oscar-nominated The Quiet Girl in Ireland, has added a slew of buzzy local films to its slate.
From Dogwoof, it has acquired Sinead O’Shea’s feature documentary Pray For Our Sinners, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It explores Ireland’s difficult history of religious abuses and screened at this month’s Dublin International Film Festival.
Additionally, Break Out has picked up Lisa Mulcahy’s Irish drama Lies We Tell from Embankment Films. It is about an heiress who is forced to embrace her family’s dark legacy. David Wilmot, Holly Sturton, Agnes O’Casey and Chris Walley star.
The company is also releasing the documentary I Hate Christmas, the latest feature from Ken Wardrop, in Irish cinemas in November. It follows a group of people who share a difficult and unfortunate relationship with the festive season.
Continuing its partnership with Dublin-based Cowtown Productions, Break Out has jointly acquired the Irish rights to Mark O’Halloran’s hit play Conversations After Sex, with Aisling Walsh set to direct the upcoming adaptation. It has also acquired the rights to Harry McGee’s multi award-winning Irish Times podcast GUBU, which tells the story of Malcolm Macarthur and the sensational murders that almost toppled an Irish government.
“We founded Break Out Pictures because of our passion and commitment to supporting daring, ambitious and singular filmmakers and our 2023 slate is a testament to our core ethos,” said Break Out’s Robert McCann Finn and Nell Roddy.