Song of Granite

Pat Collins

One might say that the grain of granite is the visible side of a mystery emanating from a child. That the grain of Pat Collins’s film is the device distinguishing fiction from archive footage, which convey a reality interspersed with fragments of radio recordings. But that would be a reductive take on this patient portrait of the world-renowned “King of Irish singers”, an acolyte of John Cage in his “writing through Finnegans Wake”, after James Joyce. Indeed the core of the film is where the singing rises.

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Ireland, Canada / 2017 / Black & white / 97’

Original version : irish, english. 

Subtitles : english.

Screen : Richard Kendrick. 

Editor : Tadhg O’Sullivan.

Sound : Delphine Measroch. 

With : Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe. 

Production : Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk, Martin Paul-Hus.