Song of Granite


Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 3:45 PM
Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 10, 2017 6:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:104 min.
Director:Pat Collins
Producer:Alan Maher
Jessie Fisk
Martin Paul-Hus
Screenwriter:Pat Collins
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde
Sharon Whooley
Cinematographer:Richard Kendrick
Editor:Tadhg O'Sullivan
Cast:Macdara Ó Fatharta
Mícheál Ó Confhaola
Haren Cerf
Pól Ó Ceannabháín
Colm Seoighe
Print Source:Oscilloscope
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Song of Granite is a lyrical journey through the life of celebrated traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney. Loosely divided into three eras, the film opens as an observational tale of Heaney's boyhood in Connemarra on the west coast of Ireland. Time has yet to catch up to this place, where the novelty of recording voices onto wax discs is an event worthy of a neighborhood gathering. Each black-and-white frame is an exquisite composition, and director Pat Collins weaves in haunting snippets of archival performance film as Heaney grows up, leaving his homeland and his family to make a new life in mid-century New York. This unusual biopic focuses on songs as much as character, inviting the audience to draw up a chair by the fire, or a stool at the pub, and experience heart-stirring a cappella performances.

In association with Irish Culture Bay Area and SF Irish Film.

Additional Information

Pat Collins has been making films since 1998 and has directed over 30 feature films, documentaries, and short experimental works. He has made documentaries on the writers Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and John McGahern, and has co-directed a documentary on Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Collins completed the feature film Silence in 2012, which had its international premiere at the London Film Festival and was distributed by Element Films in Ireland and New Wave Films. Song of Granite is his second dramatic feature film.