Barbaric Genius to screen in New York City this month

Posted January 6, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News

New Yorkers will have the chance to see Paul Duane’s critically acclaimed documentary Barbaric Genius on the big screen when it screens in the New York Irish Center on Friday 17th January. Duane, who was named as on of 2013’s Directors to Watch by Variety, will be in attendance for a special Q&A after the screening.

The Grierson-nominated Irish documentary tells the story of London-Irish ex-wino John Healy and his journey from alcoholism and homelessness to chess master and the world of literary fame and fortune, and untangles the story of his sudden disappearance and the mysteries that grew up around it.

Here’s what some of the critics have been saying 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 which celebrated its anniversary last 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 and is distributed by Wildcard Distribution.

Details about the New York screening and how to purchase tickets can be found on the New York Irish Center website.

If you are unable to see the film on the big screen in New York there are still plenty of ways to watch the film. You can buy the DVD or download or stream the VoD on the Barbaric Genius and Wildcard Distribution websites. You can also purchase the DVD in various stores throughout Ireland and also on