Acclaimed Irish Doc Barbaric Genius Now Available to Buy on VOD and DVD

Posted October 9, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
Barbaric Genius
Barbaric Genius

Following on from its packed screening and Q&A with John Healy by The Guardian’s Suzanne Moore  in London this week, Paul Duane’s critically acclaimed feature documentary Barbaric Genius is now available to buy worldwide on DVD and VOD from the Barbaric Genius website.

The Grierson-nominated Irish documentary tells the remarkable story of London-Irishman John Healy and his journey from alcoholic and homeless criminal to chess prodigy and best selling author and untangles the story of his sudden disappearance from the literary scene and the mysteries that grew up around it. It’s the story of one man’s journey from nothing, to everything and back to nothing.

This is the first time ever that an Irish feature film will be available to buy on DVD and VOD from anywhere in the world.

Here’s what some of the critics have said about the film:

Enthralling” **** The Guardian
Absorbing” **** Sunday Times
Stunning” **** Hot Press
A must-see” **** London Evening Standard

John’s award winning book, The Grass Arena, is now a Penguin Classic and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Barbaric Genius was produced by Duane and Mary Carson for Screenworks with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) and RTÉ. It is being distributed by Wildcard Distribution.

Buy the DVD or VOD and find out more about the film on the Barbaric Genius website.


More about Barbaric Genius

The son of Irish immigrants, John Healy lived rough on the violent streets of London for fifteen years drinking heavily and turning to crime to survive. On one stint in prison he was taught the basics of chess by his cellmate. This became his new addiction as alcohol was left behind. He became a rated player who had an incredible ability of taking on and defeating multiple opponents at the same time. He wrote a memoir of his life which became the best selling book The Grass Arena and for a time he became the darling of the British media. Then he disappeared with stories emerging that he’d made threats of violence towards his publishers, that he was mentally ill and a psychopath.
Barbaric Genius meets John as he’s about to make a comeback to the literary scene after nearly 20 years with the likes of Irvine Welsh and Daniel Day-Lewis as his cheerleaders. Having been savaged once by the media and the literary world, how will he deal with success second time round and the inevitable digging-up of his violent past that comes with it?