Dir. Pat Collins, Ireland/Canada, 2017, 98 min
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in Song of Granite, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.
Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing. Shaped by the myths, fables and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O'Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, the film is an intense exploration of music and song.
Director of ‘Song of Granite’ Pat Collins will attend the screening at the Source Arts Centre next Wednesday 21st March and will discuss the film afterward in a public interview.
Pat has made acclaimed films including ‘Silence’, ‘Living in A Coded Land’ as well as documentary portraits of artists and writers such as Frank O’Connor, Abbas Kirostami, Michael Hartnett and actor Gabriel Byrne. ‘Song of Granite’, an exploration of the life of Sean-nos singer Joe Heaney, was Ireland’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars this year.
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