Barbaric Genius Now Available To Buy on DVD in Stores Across Ireland

Posted October 25, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
Barbaric Genius available to buy on DVD in stores in Ireland and online worldwide
Barbaric Genius available to buy on DVD in stores in Ireland and online worldwide

Paul Duane’s critically acclaimed feature documentary Barbaric Genius is now available to buy on DVD in Irish stores including Golden Discs, Tower Records and the IFI from today, Friday 25th October.

The film has been described as:

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

The film 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.

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.

There are many ways to buy the film:

It’s available on DVD In stores including Golden Discs, Tower Records and the IFI in Ireland.

You can also purchase the DVD on the Barbaric Genius website or Wildcard Distribution website from anywhere in the world.

It’s also available for download on the Barbaric Genius website from anywhere in the world.

Keep up to date with Barbaric Genius on the Barbaric Genius Facebook page, the Wildcard Facebook page and the Wildcard Twitter @WildcardDistrib

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?