february, 2020

29feb3:00 pmSeamus Heaney: the music of what happensNo short screening.


Event Details

Two days after his death on August 30, 2013, 80.000 people who had gathered in Dublin to watch the All-Ireland Football semi-finals, commemorated the Irish poet Seamus Heaney with a moment of silence followed by thunderous applause. To comprehend such popularity, the film focuses around Heaney’s poems themselves. They are at the center of this intimate portrait that eschews a narrator and concentrates on contributions of immediate family, close friends, and a few students. Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens retraces Heaney’s life story, his rural origins in Northern Ireland, university in Belfast, the beginnings of his career during The Troubles, his 50-year marriage and family life, the visiting professorship at Harvard and the receiving of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. The film reveals that Heaney’s writing is deeply rooted in his history and the places of his earliest childhood. “All poems are, in a sense, born out of infancy.” Seamus Heaney used his voice to express this fundamental desire. The archive footage throughout is extraordinary, whether news reels accompanying stories of Belfast women tarred and feathered for associating with British soldiers, or clips of Heaney presenting documentaries for RTE and the BBC. Hearing his poetry read by him, with the voices of the people they were for or about woven through, is both stirring and unforgettable. 2019 | Running Time 96 mins
  • Writer: Adam Low
  • Producer: Martin Rosenbaum, Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery
Thank you to the film's director & producers and the Irish Film Institute for this screening.
With insight from those closest to him, this moving film celebrates the great poet’s life and extraordinary works. —The Guardian