Martin lives an isolated and monotonous life on a farm. He tends to livestock, and cares -- reluctantly -- for his alcoholic father, Christie, who is confined to bed following a recent stroke.
Martin’s only escape is his tool shed, where he hammers aimlessly in an attempt to subdue past trauma.
An encounter with a care-worker, Orla, propels Martin on a journey of reckoning that will lead to ruin or salvation.

Director Bio

Fiach Kunz is an actor, director and producer from County Wicklow, Ireland. As an actor, his screen credits include the television series' Game of Thrones, Vikings and Into The Badlands, while film work comprises Black 47 and LIFT. He co-produced and starred in the 2017 Irish independent feature film Blue Dawn. The 2020 short film Barriers is his directorial debut. He also co-wrote, produced, and played the lead role of Martin in the film.


  • Directed by:Fiach Kunz
  • Written by:Fiach Kunz & Eoin McGovern
  • Produced by:Fiach Kunz & Lisa Tyrrell
  • Runtime:13 mins
  • Completion Date:February 25, 2020
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:Ireland
  • Language:English
  • Category:Irish Live-Action
  • Selection:Main Competition - Programme 17
  • In Person Screening Time & Venue:Nov 6th Ballymahon Library 5 - 6pm
  • Online Screening TimeNov 7th 10am - 10pm
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  • December 1st, 2021

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  • November 5th, 2021

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