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'Why is there anything instead of nothing' is the debut feature documentary from Southernman Films which explores the life and work of American/Irish artist Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross.


From the streets of New York to the wild coast of Maine, and from the mountains and lakes of Killarney to the moon like landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare, 'Why is there anything instead of nothing' bears witness to Tighe's fierce independence as an artist determined to explore and experiment across all mediums without the constraints and interruptions of commerce.


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'Why is there anything instead of nothing' was picked up in an exclusive worldwide distribution deal by London based Starline Entertainment and recently featured in Variety - click here for the link and watch the trailer below.



Our short documentary film on urban artist Fin DAC's Kino mural, 'Jackie Oh!!!', was awarded the 2015 Consulate of Ireland Award for capturing the spirit and culture of Ireland at the 2015 Chicago Irish Film Festival! The film premiered at the IndieCork Film Festival in October 2014. You can watch the film below and check out Fin DAC's amazing work at


'Tree Keeper' is the debut independent feature film from Southernman Films

Written and directed by Patrick O'Shea 'Tree Keeper' stars James Browne, Pascal Scott, Róisín O'Donovan, Charlie Ruxton, Martina Carroll and Ciarán Ruby.

'Tree Keeper' was shot by director of photography Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh and the score was written and composed by John O'Brien.

'Tree Keeper' premiered at the 56th Cork International Film Festival and played in competition in the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dublin. It toured Israel in February 2013, screening in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa as part of the 14th Irish Film Week organised by the IFI and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


'Tree Keeper' opened the Irish Film Week in Havana, Cuba on June 13th, 2013.

'Tree Keeper' can be watched online in HD on the official 'Tree Keeper' web site

An interview with writer/director Patrick O'Shea on the making of the film can be read here on Film Ireland




'Penny' is a 15 minute drama about a teenager who finds out she is pregnant on the morning she is to sit the first exam of her leaving certificate school exams. 'Penny' stars Mary-Louise McCarthy, Pascal Scott, Victor Burke and Ciara O'Callaghan.


'Penny' premiered at the International Cork Film Festival in 2008 and won 'Best Drama' at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in 2009 and was broadcast on RTÉ 2 in 2010.


'Tunnel' is a short sci-fi conspiracy story in the same vein as 'The Twilight Zone'.


'Tunnel' stars James Browne, Mary-Louise McCarthy and Pascal Scott.


'Tunnel' premiered at the International Cork Film Festival and also screened at The Galway Fringe Fleadh, Underground Cinema and Electric Picnic in 2009.


'The Sign' is a 2 minute slasher horror film that was produced for the Zone Horror 2 minute horror short competition. 'The Sign' made the top ten list and featured on the Zone Horror website for public voting.


'The Sign' stars Róisín O'Donovan, Emmet O'Riabhaigh and Declan Patrick.


'The Sign' screened at the International Cork Film Festival in 2008 and played in competition in Spike Lee's Babelgum Online Film Festival.

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