Cork International Film Festival

Redemption of a Rogue + Q&A

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The screening is followed by a Q&A where you can ask questions of the panel and interact via a chat function

Jimmy, a nihilist, carries a black leather doctor’s bag around containing the rope he plans to hang himself with. Filled with guilt and shame he returns to his hometown in the cold austere beauty of West Cavan.


As soon as Jimmy visits, his ailing father breathes his last. Thunder rumbles and rain starts to pour. But there is a condition in the will...his father cannot be buried on a wet day.


Stuck in this 'Groundhog Day-like' purgatory, days roll into weeks as Jimmy seeks redemption. Through love he finds it in the most sacrificial and outlandish manner possible.


"...squeezes pitch black comedy and soulful reflections from the soggy purgatory of its irresistible Groundhog Day-style premise." Screen Daily


About the Director

Philip Doherty is a writer/ director from Cavan Town. His web-series ​The Begrudgers ​won​ ​RTE Storyland in 2012. ​His other films are the shorts ​The Diamond Boutique, ​(winner of the Judge's and Audience Awards at the Clones Film Festival), and ​The Goatee Uprising. ​He was a member of the inaugural BBC Dramaroom in 2016. ​Redemption of a Rogue ​is his debut feature.


In theatre, Philip has written and directed plays for his company The Gonzo Theatre, including Pilgrim, The Birthday Man, a​nd​ The Circus of Perseverance, ​which all premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival, as well as ​Fleadh Town, The Devil's Ceilí​, and ​Toraíoacht ​for Fíbín, directed by Mikel Murfi. He won the RTE PJ O'Connor Radio Drama Award on two occasions, with ​Mysterious Ways a​nd ​A Golden Triangle, ​(also winner of a Zebbie, Writers Guild of Ireland Award in 2014), and a Script Ireland Award for his play ​The Experience Room​. He was a co-founder/ director of Townhall Cavan Arts Space. He is currently artistic director of Fíbín in Galway, where he will be premiering his play​ Fiach, a​ new drive-in theatre show opening in Connemara this August.



  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Director
    Philip Doherty
  • Producer
    Emma Foley, Tamryn Reinecke