I Could Read the Sky
I Could Read the Sky a film about music, madness memory, love and loss, a haunting story of immigration.
I Could Read the Sky is adapted from the photographic novel of the same name which has been recently published to rave reviews and explores the sense of identity, loss and exile. It is the moving story of an old man living in a bedsit in London, remembering his life, growing up on the West coast of Ireland and his journey to London.
The film unravels the strange twisting drama of a working man's life. It moves from a decaying rural past to a vividly modern present, driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both, and a simple flowing lyrical story telling. It is the state of memory that the film evokes, not memory as re-enactment but as texture. The film gets to the essence of how we remember. Memory as fragments, as details and layers, memory that comes at you out of the dark. From behind closed eyes, with its abstractions of light and form and sudden moments of precise clarity, taking us on an inward, visually extraordinary labyrinthine journey to the film's end.
The film stars the acclaimed Irish writer Dermot Healy and includes cameos from actors Maria Doyle Kennedy, Brendan Coyle and Stephen Rea, writer Pat McCabe (Butcher Boy) and the author Timothy O'Grady and photographer Steve Pyke.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 86 mins
- 35mm Kodak
- Nichola Bruce
- Paulo Branco, Ben Gibson, Roger Shannon, Rod Stoneman
- Catherine Creed
- Director of Photography
- Seamus McGarvey BSC, Owen McPolin
- Cameron Hills, Dan Birch
- Iarla O'Lionáird, Featuring tracks by Sinead O'Connor, Martin Hayes, Liam O'Maonlai
- Principal Cast
- Dermot Healy
- Executive Screen Writers
- Nichola Bruce
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Last updated 26th November 2005