Swansong – The story of Occi Byrne

Austin ‚Occi‘ Byrne’s life begins when his mother brings him back to her village in Sligo after she fails to have an abortion in England. Occi suffers traumatic bullying at the hands of a local gang, but remains devoted to his increasingly alcoholic mother, convinced that his lost father will one day re-enter his life. When the mental asylum he’s committed to as an adolescent closes down, he finds work on a trawler where he causes the death of a fellow sailor. The murder goes undiscovered, but worse awaits Occi when he returns home and learns the truth about his parentage.


Galway Film Fleadh Runner-Up: Best Irish Drama
IFTA: Best Actor for Martin McCann



Release Date Germany

18. August 2011

Writer/ Director

Conor McDermottroe


Alexander du Prel


Carl Carlton


Hermann Florin, Edwina Forkin, Tom Maguire

Production Companies

Florin Film & Fernsehproduktion GmbH, Zanzibar Films


Martin McCann, Jodie Whittaker, Marcella Plunkett, Gerard McSorley, Brid Brennan, Owen Roe


Irish Film Board, RTE, Eurimages, ZDF/Arte, Kinowelt, Missing Films

Fotos: © Florin Film / Zanzibar Films / Kinowelt / Howard Gibbins 

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