Panopticon

  • Caoimhin Coffey
    Director
    The Act of Separation, Recommended Rapper
  • Caoimhin Coffey
    Writer
  • Eamon Hughes
    Producer
    The Act of Separation, Beautiful Youth
  • Annie Walsh
    Key Cast
    "Busker"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 58 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm BW, Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - IADT
Director Biography - Caoimhin Coffey

Caoimhin Gaughan Coffey, (born 1997) is a young filmmaker from the west of Ireland. At the age of three he insisted on being left alone in a cinema auditorium during the opening sequence of Disney’s Dinosaur while his mother brought his neighbour to the bathroom.
His subsequent passing obsession with dinosaurs gradually gave way to the realization that it was film itself that had captured him. At the age of twelve, after spending an entire summer shooting, he’d completed his first film, the twenty-five minute long sci-fi epic Tiny Terminator, which later screened at the Galway Junior Film Fleadh.
Caoimhin’s mother and father, an oil-painter and writer respectively, enrolled him in all-Irish speaking schools from kindergarten onwards. Given the embattled and marginalized state of the Gaelic language, a deep sense of cultural obligation grew within him throughout these years. This, coupled with a humanistic, non-religious upbringing, has left him poised perfectly between both old and new forms of Irish society.
From such a background, it is no surprise that Caoimhin is largely concerned with experimentation and the deconstruction of traditional narrative tools in film. He is currently enrolled in the National Film School in Dublin. Creatively, his work is driven by the open questions of expression and identity, and the necessity for self-examination in order to resolve them.

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