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Film by Pat Collins SONG OF GRANITE
Song of Granite revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. Described by Donald Clarke in The Irish Times as an ‘intoxicating oddity’, Silence director Pat Collins’ ode to the singer was selected as this year’s Irish language submission for the Oscars and his been widely acclaimed as his best work to date.
Joe Heaney was born just outside Carna in 1919; the harsh landscape, myths, fables, and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex, intriguing character. From an early age, he was fascinated by the stories and music around him, ‘drinking (them) from the bottle when (he) was in the cradle.’
By the time of his death in Seattle in 1984, he was widely recognised as one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music, having won fans and admirers from every part of the globe, particularly from the folk music scene in the United States.
This cinematic exploration of Heaney’s life and music traces his strange, tragic and often inspiring journey from rural Connemara through Glasgow and eventually to New York City – though not always in that order. An inventive use of documentary evidence, recreations, and more abstract scenes combine in an unflinching portrait of one man’s talents, passions, and flaws.
Runtime: 104 minutes