Wed 10 July | 15:00 | Pálás Screen 1

2023 | Ireland, Germany, UK | 82’

Hailing from Drogheda, Ireland’s only powerlifter with dwarfism proves that strength comes in many forms. Laoch: Defy the Odds delves into the extraordinary life of Thomas “Tommy” McCague. Dwarfism is a rare condition and Laoch offers a look into the daily life of a little person (LP). Tommy’s journey began as a quest for transformation as he battled depression and obesity. Powerlifting saved his life. The film follows Tommy to Limerick and Manchester, where he competes against average-statured lifters. In Germany, he competes in the 2023 World Dwarf Games with other LP athletes. Tommy battles health challenges, shatters societal expectations, and breaks world records. The film is about courage, perseverance, and living your best life.

World Premiere  |  Post-show discussion will follow

Director/Writer/Producer: Stephan Mazurek
Writer/Producer: Liz Sung
Cast: Thomas McCague

Principal funder