Song of Granite
This impressionistic black and white portrait is a finely wrought melodic homage to a revered Irish traditional folk singer.
Beautifully shot, this unconventional biopic pieces together the life of sean nós (Irish for “old style”) songster Joe Heaney, from his childhood in the idyllic countryside of Connemara, to his wanderings and self-imposed exile in the UK and New York City. While his professional life flourished with over 500 recordings of traditional songs, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.
The magnificent tableau of the Irish countryside where Young Heaney (a brilliant Colm Seoighe) first finds his voice is imposingly gorgeous – the serene vistas bearing witness to his burgeoning but unmistakable talent. Adult Heaney proves a complex and fractured character, and director Pat Collins’ stark cinematic gaze refracts this in multitudes. Stamped with electrifying full-length performances of Irish folk songs, Song of Granite is a glorious tribute to Heaney’s stirring legacy.
Cast & Credits
Irish film critic and programmer turned filmmaker Pat Collins ventured into documentary-making in 1999, and has won acclaim for works such as Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home (2008). His first fiction feature Silence (2012) premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Song of Granite made its bow at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2017.
Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk, Martin Paul-Hus
Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, Sharon Whooley
Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Colm Seoighe
• Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature, Galway Film Fleadh 2017
• In-competition, Hamburg Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2017