Wildcard Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights to ‘Barbaric Genius’

Posted August 30, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
Barbaric Genius
Barbaric Genius

Wildcard Distribution are delighted to announce the acquisition of the worldwide distribution rights to Paul Duane’s critically acclaimed documentary Barbaric Genius which will screen this evening at the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally.

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.  John Healy is travelling to Ireland to take part in a Q&A at the festival where he will talk about his book, now a Penguin Classic, The Grass Arena and the documentary Barbaric Genius.

Wildcard is scheduling a release of the film across multiple platforms and on DVD in October which will coincide with The Grass Arena’s 25th anniversary.

Commenting on the news, director Paul Duane said: “Barbaric Genius struck a chord with Irish people when it screened here in 2011, it hit home with English audiences on its theatrical release in 2012, and in 2013 it will finally be seen worldwide on DVD/VOD and multiple platforms. John Healy’s story will continue to inspire people wherever it’s seen, and I look forward to his masterpiece The Grass Arena celebrating its 25th anniversary alongside the film’s wide release.”

Patrick O’Neill, CEO, Wildcard added: “We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring this compelling and critically acclaimed documentary to audiences across the world.  John Healy is a fascinating man with such a riveting story to tell that will captivate audiences”.

Here’s what some of the critics said when it was released in cinemas:

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

Barbaric Genius will screen at Electric Picnic in the MindField Tent this evening as part of an Irish cinema line-up which is being run by Wildcard.

The film was produced by Duane and Mary Carson for Screenworks with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) and RTÉ.