As Ireland’s official Oscar entry for Foreign Language, this beautiful film brings to life, the story of the enigmatic and complex Joe Heaney the legendary traditional Irish singer from Galway.
Filmmaker Pat Collins brings Joe’s dramatic life story to the screen, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.
Heaney was renowned worldwide, having extensively travelled and settled in New York, where he recorded hundreds of songs (for both RTÉ and the BBC among others) part of huge legacy to Irish culture and tradition.
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 Lisa O’Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O’Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, the film is an intense exploration of music and song.
Hosted by IFTA this special screening takes place on in the on Light House Cinema, D7 14th November @ 6:15 pm. We have a number of FREE tickets available. Email: if you would like to attend.
Directed by Pat Collins (Silence), ‘Song of Granite’ was co-written by Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley, and produced by Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival in US earlier this year.
• Directed by – Pat Collins
• Screenplay by – Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley
• Produced by – Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus
• Director of Photography – Richard Kendrick
• Film Editor – Tadhg O’ Sullivan
• Sound – John Brennan
‘Song of Granite’ is on release in Ireland on 8th December.