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IFTA Members First Look Screening of Ireland's Oscar Foreign Language Entry - 'Song of Granite'

Sinead Ni Chadhain

Plus Discussion with Writer / Director

Tuesday 14th November, @ 6.15pm
Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7

IFTA is delighted to host a special screening of 'Song of Granite', the film officially selected as Ireland’s entry into the Foreign Language category at the 90th annual Academy Awards of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.  

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. 

Filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney 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. Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing. 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.

  • 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

Thanks to Wildcard Distribution.
Song of Granite is a Marcie Films, Amerique Film production with Harvest Films, South Wind Blows, Roads Entertainment.

Rocky Ros Muc, an award winning feature documentary produced by Below The Radar, will be released in cinemas in America.

Sinead Ni Chadhain

The documentary, telling the story of Galway boxer, Sean Mannion, will be shown in cinemas in New York, Los Angeles and Boston.  The film will premiere in both New York and Los Angeles on Friday October 6th and in Boston on Friday October 13th. It will screen at Cinema Village, New York and at Laemmle Music Hall Theatre, Beverly Hills. In Boston the film will screen at the Regal Fenway 13 cinema