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The story of Danny Rock, a 22 year-old unemployed young man from a small tourism-dependent town in the West of Ireland, who raps. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Tupac Shakur & NWA, he uploads self directed, edited and written music videos only to take them down weeks later after not skyrocketing him to success. Without ever attaining a high-school education, he exists entirely outside of regular society. This is his story.

  • Caoimhin Coffey
  • Caoimhin Coffey
  • Danny Rock
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    Drama, Music, Hip-Hop
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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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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Director Statement

For me, now, this film is about two things; people who don’t fit into society and the things we occupy ourselves with.
I didn’t know what the story would be but I knew Danny would have something interesting to say.
This being my first documentary, my main concern was to tell my subject’s story in a way that was fair to him, and for audiences to know exactly how Danny feels when he talks about his hopes, his dreams, his fears.