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“I never thought in a million years that it would become a reality”; Irish music documentary Ryan McMullan: Debut releases in Irish cinemas on September 3rd
18 Aug 2021 : News Desk
Ryan McMullan: Debut
Following the World Premiere of the film at the recent Galway Film Fleadh, Ryan McMullan: DEBUT will have a theatrical release in selected cinemas from September 3rd.

This innovative documentary follows the up-and-coming singer songwriter as he prepares for the release of his debut album. The team behind the film have been documenting Ryan’s career for the best part of four years with the film being directed by award-winning filmmaker Brendan J. Byrne.

“This film grew out of my own passion for music,” said Director Brendan J. Byrne. “When I first heard one of Ryan’s songs, I loved it and knew he was going to be Northern Ireland’s next major singer-songwriter. Mainly, this film is a study of talent and dedication, about one following their dream wherever it may take you.”

The film centres around a four day recording and listening session in Cruit Island, County Donegal at the end of 2019, where Ryan and his team assess all the songs competing for a place on the album.

Against this majestic landscape, the documentary introduces us to the film’s key players – the film’s principal, musician Ryan McMullan; his artist/mentor Foy Vance; and manager/drummer Paul ‘Hammy’ Hamilton. Threaded throughout is the back story of how Ryan has reached this point, including footage from his support tours with Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol.

The film intricately weaves together a significant amount of footage to create an insight into the creative process of a hugely talented musician, who looks to have a major future ahead of him. The film combines intimate moments of introspection and performances alongside appearances on much bigger stages, set against the backdrop of visually striking sequences from the Donegal ‘retreat’.

“I grew up watching music documentaries every weekend with my friends, dreaming about being an act or artist that has a documentary made about them,” said singer-songwriter and star of the film, Ryan McMullan. “I never thought in a million years that it would become a reality.”

“What began as a daunting opportunity ended up being one of the most fascinating projects I’ve been involved with so far. I am very flattered and honoured to be involved in this film and I hope everyone enjoys it. Warts and all,” added McMullan

Andrew Tully, Producer for Fine Point Films added: “Ryan and his team have worked tirelessly to get to this point in his career and we’ve been privileged to have been on hand to document a large portion of that.  Their work ethic and love for their own craft has been infectious. We are excited for what the future holds for Ryan.”

The documentary is a BBC Northern Ireland and YellowMoon funded film produced by Fine Point Films and Cyprus Avenue films.

Ryan McMullan: Debut will release in Irish cinemas on September 3rd.

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