Song of Granite opens in the UK today to critical praise

Posted December 15, 2017 by Suzanne Murray in News
Song of Granite
Song of Granite

Pat Collins’ Song of Granite opens in London and Glasgow today to critical praise with the film receiving four and five star reviews from the UK critics.  The film which opens in the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the Glasgow Film Theatre today 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.  Some of the reviews include:

“a lyrical paean to Gaelic culture” – 5 star review by CineVue

“poetic, innovative and a treat to all lovers of Irish folk music” – 4 star review by The Guardian

“strikes an original note” – 4 star review by The Sunday Times

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