Fermanagh Film Club is one of eight community cinemas in Northern Ireland showing Film Hub NI’s first ever Irish language film 'Róise & Frank'. The special screening will take place at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen on Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm and directors Peter Murphy and Rachel Moriarty will be joining the audience by zoom that night for a specially recorded Q&A to give an insight into the making of Róise & Frank.

Róise & Frank tells the heart-warming story of the recently widowed Róise (Brid Ni Neachtain) who is struggling in the aftermath of her husband Frank’s passing. Grief-stricken and lonely, Róise has distanced herself from the world around her and those dearest to her. But when a stray dog starts to follow her every move it leads her to believe in the reincarnation of her husband and the power of hope. Set in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht around Ring, County Waterford, the film stars Barley as Frank the loveable mutt, Cillian Ó Gairbhí as Róise’s son Alan, Lorcan Cranitch as Donncha her neighbour and Ruadhán de Faoite as Maidhchí a talented young hurler.

Ann McDermott, Fermanagh Film Club said: “We are delighted to show this wonderful Irish language film as part of Film Hub NI’s tour and look forward to welcoming audiences across Fermanagh to our screening on Wednesday, October 26. Róise & Frank is an up-lifting tale of a shaggy dog, a grieving widow, a young hurling star and finding hope in the darkest of places, which is winning audience’s hearts everywhere it goes.”

Sara Gunn-Smith, Marketing and Audiences Officer for Film Hub NI said: “We are delighted to announce our first Irish Language Collective film tour, with the gentle, moving and funny Róise & Frank. The film has been a huge success on the festival circuit in recent months winning numerous awards including Best Ensemble at Dublin International Film Festival and scooping the Audience Award at both the Santa Barbara and Sonoma International Film Festival.

“I think audiences across Northern Ireland will fall in love with this tender story which has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide and is being distributed by the same company as An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), Ireland’s entry for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards. There is clearly an appetite for Irish language film and we’re proud to play a small part in bringing Róise & Frank to a wider audience.”

Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy said: “It’s such an honour to be part of this initiative by Film Hub NI. Róise & Frank is a story about losing a loved one and how hard it can be to find a way to live on, a deep and human story but with humour and hurling in the mix also. Animal lovers have been loving it as there is some great canine acting! We are thrilled that Róíse & Frank is connecting with audiences internationally and we’re very excited to share it now with the Film Hub NI audience.”

Róise & Frank is written and directed by Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, produced by Cúán Mac Conghail of Macalla Teo., and supported by Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and TG4 through the Cine4 scheme. The film is being distributed by Break Out Pictures.

Film Hub NI is part of the BFI Film Audience Network, a UK wide project to ensure that the greatest choice of film is available to diverse audiences across Northern Ireland. The initiative is supported through National Lottery funding, distributed by the British Film Institute.

Visit the Ardhowen Theatre's website to book tickets for the Fermanagh Film Club showing of Róise & Frank.