Song of Granite opens in selected UK cinemas this weekend

Posted December 14, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
Song of Granite
Song of Granite

Following its Irish cinema release last week, the stunningly beautiful SONG OF GRANITE from acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins (Silence) will open in the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Glasgow Film Theatre this Friday 15th December.

The biopic which is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar 2018 charts the rise of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, and how the songs of his west of Ireland childhood helped shape his complex character.

The film which has been garnering critical and social media acclaim is still showing in selected cinemas in Dublin and Galway this weekend.  Here’s what Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, film critic Jason Coyle and Irish comedian and presenter Tommy Tiernan had to say about the film:


Co-written by Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, and Sharon Whooley, the film had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and was awarded the Best Cinematography prize (Richard Kendrick) at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó’Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O’Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Micheál O’Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, SONG OF GRANITE is a distinct portrait of Heaney’s life and a marvellous exploration of music and song.

The film was produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films with Martin Paul-Hus of Amerique Film and was supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, BAI, TG4 and with the financial participation of Société de Développement Des Entreprises Culturelles – Québec, Telefilm Canada.

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