Oscilloscope Acquires Joe Heaney Biopic, Song of Granite


Oscilloscope Acquires Joe Heaney Biopic, Song of Granite

Posted: 11th May 2017

Oscilloscope  Laboratories has announced  that  it  has acquired U.S. rights to Pat Collins's film about traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney, Song of Granite. Co-written by Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, and Sharon Whooley, the film had its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Oscilloscope will open the film theatrically later this year.

Enigmatic  and complex,  Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional  Irish singing (sean nós).  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 Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó'Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Micheál O'Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, Song of Granite is a distinct portrait of Heaney's life and a marvelous exploration of music and song.

About the acquisition, filmmaker Pat Collins said, "I have long been an admirer of Oscilloscope's exceptional library of titles and am delighted to be working with Dan and his team on Song of Granite."

O-Scope's Dan Berger said, "Pat's unique and genre-defying telling of Joe's story is all at once informative, engaging, and formally inventive. Towing the line between fiction and documentary we get a new and fascinating insight into a man little-known but highly-deserving."

The film was produced by Alan Maher and Jessie Fisk of Marcie Films with Martin Paul-Hus of Amerique Film. Executive Producers are Philip King, Tina Moran, and Keith Potter. The film was financed by Bord Scannán  na hÉireann/Irish  Film Board,  SODEC,  Broadcasting  Authority  of Ireland, Telefilm Canada, and TG4.  Song of Granite will open the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland in July of this year.