About


Cathal Ó Cuaig

I’m a filmmaker from Ireland who works in both fiction and documentary. Early in my career I spent a number of years as a journalist with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, a national broadcaster in Ireland.

I studied modern languages and history at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and in 2007 graduated with a first class honours Masters degree. My dissertation examined the use of oral folk narratives in understanding the transmission of history in a pre-literate society.

After graduation, I began working as a writer/producer with Sónta Films, a Galway-based production company. With Sónta I developed and produced a number of documentary films which were commissioned by TG4, Ireland’s Gaelic language broadcaster.

‘Che’ (2007) is a four-part series that seeks to assess the importance of Che Guevara’s legacy in Latin America today in the midst of sweeping political change. ‘Home in India’ (2008) is a film following two sisters from Connemara making their first ever visit to India- the land of their father.

In 2011 I set up Rúnda Productions which produce Irish language audiovisual material for both radio and television. In 2011 I produced a music series for RTÉ radio, showcasing young Irish rock bands. My directorial debut was the short film ‘An Cluiche’ (2012) which premiered at the Dingle International Film Festival.

I recently directed ‘Síle’ (2013), a tv drama for TG4 that concerns the story of a teenage girl struggling with adolescence. I’m also involved in visual art projects and my video installation ‘Fís Inseacht’ (2012), a cinematic exploration of Gaelic folklore, has been exhibited at the Galway Fringe Festival and most recently in Berlin.

Recently, I was selected to take part in the Talent Campus training programme of Berlinale (The Berlin International Film Festival) and also in Archidoc, a training program for film directors run by La Fémis (The National French Film School).

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