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15 January 1999 (Ireland) See more »
Follows the life of Olympic hopeful Francis Barrett as he overcomes social and cultural barriers to realise his dream of fighting for the Irish Olympic team. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Francis Barrett ... Himself
Chick Gillen ... Himself
Tom Humphries ... Himself
Colum Flynn ... Himself
Nicolas Cruz Hernandez ... Himself
Gerry Callan ... Himself
Jim McGee ... Himself
Luigi Leo ... Ken Thomas
Eamonn Hunt ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Liam McGrath 
Produced by
Paddy Breathnach .... producer
Claire Duignan .... executive producer
Lesley McKimm .... line producer
Rod Stoneman .... executive producer
Robert Walpole .... producer
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Cian de Buitléar 
Film Editing by
James E. Dalton 
Sound Department
Greg Bailey .... additional sound recordist
Paul Byrne .... sound syncing
Grainne D'Alton .... sound editor
Brendan Deasy .... additional sound recordist
Anthony Litton .... sound editor
Cecily Loughman .... dubbing editor
Annette Stone .... sound editor
Simon J. Willis .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Darryl Byrne .... first assistant camera
Noah Davis .... still photographer
Seamus Deasy .... additional photographer
Garry Keane .... additional photographer
David Scott .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Alan Sullivan .... on-line editor
Other crew
Peter Moore .... series editor: Channel Four
Rachel O'Flanagan .... production assistant
John Power .... title designer
Emma Richardson .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story" - UK (original title)
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79 min | USA:77 min

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Unpretentious account of young boxers fight against prejudice, 22 March 1999
Author: hammy-3 from Cork, Ireland

The first I heard of Francie Barret, the subject of _Southpaw_ was during the 1996 Olymplics, when a Right-Wing Asshole I had the misfortune to live with complained that "we had a knacker flying the flag for us" `Knacker' is a term of derision roughly eqivilant to `nigger' used to describe the intinerent community from which Francie comes, and this comment epitomises some of the prejudices he has to confront in the course of this documentary. He comes across as being a decent, honest young boxer who demonstrates the absurdity of the racial prjudice which stoll exists towards travelling people in Ireland, a prejudice as vitriolic in some cases as the worst that Irish people had to face when disembarking in Britain or the U.S. in the past. Coming from a community who choose to live in a relatively primative way, he never seems fazed by the prescence of the camera, and his trainers and friends seem equally cinegenic. It's a documentary that takes few chances stylistically, and never tries to romanticise his career a la _Rocky_ but isn't any the worse for that. those wishing to learn about Ireland's Travelling community will find this a welcome antidote to the sentimentalisation of _Into the West_ or the paddywhackery of _Trojan Eddie_

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