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Jun 29 2017

Shooting the Breeze with film director Pat Collins

'When we came to Galway the atmosphere was totally different to any other city in Ireland'

The opening film in this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Song Of Granite, an absorbing and lyrical portrait of legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney. It is directed by Pat Collins best known for his acclaimed documentaries on Michael Hartnett, John McGahern, Frank O’Connor, Gabriel Byrne, and Tim Robinson. While Song Of Granite is a feature film, it fits seamlessly into that body of work.

Shot in black and white, the film follows Heaney from his childhood in Carna to his adult life in Glasgow and Manhattan, and his old age when he was being recorded for posterity by young music scholars. The strong thread running through all his times of both hardship and acclaim was the abiding presence and power of song. Interestingly, Collins did not start to become interested in film until his late teens;


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