SXSW: IndieWire Hails Pat Collins
Influential website IndieWire has praised Pat Collins’ biopic on traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney, observing how Collins’ mastery of black-and-white photography lends the film “a timeless quality [that] it needs to bridge three generations.” The biopic is currently screening in the 24 Beats Per Second section of SXSW 2017.
Song of Granite portrays the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney and sees the beautiful yet harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of Heaney's Connemara childhood that helped shape this complex and gifted character. The biopic, which was filmed on location in Galway, was produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films and Martin Paul-Hus at Amerique Films.
IndieWire applauded the film for breathing new life into the musical biopic genre and paying homage in equal parts to both Heaney’s talent and the rugged Irish landscape in which he grew up.
Macdara Ó Fátharta, Michael O'Chonfhlaola, and Colm Seoighe portray the sean nós singer at various stages of his life and Song of Granite showcases Heaney as both enigmatic and fascinating as his devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost to him and those closest to him. The website notes how “there’s a calmness Collins’ staging and Richard Kendrick’s camerawork that would hypnotize even the staunchest folk song agnostic”, ultimately calling it a “stirring, solemn tribute” to Heaney.
Song of Granite was funded by the IFB, BAI, TG4, SODEC and Telefilm and will be released in the UK and Ireland later this year by Soda Pictures and Wildcard Distribution.