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Song of Granite (2017)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michael O'Chonfhlaola Michael O'Chonfhlaola ... Joe Heaney (in his 40s)
Macdara Ó Fátharta Macdara Ó Fátharta ... Joe Heaney (in his 60s)
Jaren Cerf ... Rosie
Pól Ó Ceannabháin Pól Ó Ceannabháin
Kate Nic Chonaonaigh Kate Nic Chonaonaigh ... Maire
Peadar Cox Peadar Cox ... Darach
Griogair Labhruidh Griogair Labhruidh ... Griogair
Lisa O'Neill Lisa O'Neill ... Pub Singer
Damien Dempsey Damien Dempsey ... Pub Singer
Colm Seoighe Colm Seoighe ... Joe - Child
Mairéad Conneely Mairéad Conneely
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcelo Arroyo ... Mario
Zach Fraser Zach Fraser ... James
Chelsea Goldwater Chelsea Goldwater ... Catherine
Alain Goulem ... Alan Lomax


Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

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Biography | Drama


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Irish | English

Release Date:

15 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »


Box Office


€1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,182, 25 January 2018
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Ireland's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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A Painfully Disappointing Film
18 August 2018 | by mikyb21See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to watching this film. I love Irish folk music. I enjoy indie and art house films. I really wanted to enjoy this film.

Sadly, I have to say that I found it to be a poorly made film. It didn't quite know whether it was a biopic or a documentary as it was primarily reenactments, but randomly tossed in documentary footage.

There is absolutely no information given to help the viewer understand when or where the film was taking place, or who the characters were. If you didn't have a passing knowledge of Heaney's life, you would be absolutely lost. I found myself guessing everything.

It was just a disjointed series of long boring shots with a musical performance tossed in now and then. No story. No proper dialogue. It really came off as a pretentious college film project. Purposely arty, but without any compelling content.

And while the cinematography was very striking at times, it was just not enough to carry a feature length project. I generally hate when a reviewer calls a film "boring", but I can honestly say that this about the most boring film I've ever watched. I never thought it was possible to make Irish folk boring :-)

Very disappointed.

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