Song Of Granite (adv 12A) - Irish Festival

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Song Of Granite (adv 12A) - Irish Festival

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  • Director Pat Collins
  • Origin Ireland/Canada
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 104 minutes

Blending ‘fictional’ re-creation, archive footage and musical performance, Pat Collins’ film about traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney is no conventional biopic.

Like Collins’ acclaimed Silence, Song Of Granite is both audacious and perfectly accessible as it chronicles Heaney’s life from boyhood in 1940s Connemara to fame and further exile in North America, from the mid 1960s to his death. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Heaney’s devotion to his art came at huge personal cost. Featuring performaces 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.

“This is a soulful, austere piece of auteur film-making which shirks narrative convention for a story told through haunting sound and fleeting impressions” – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Stick around after the screening as there will be a night of Irish music in the QUAD Café Bar. 


  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018Book18:30