I Could Read the Sky


£5/£3 on the door, first come first served
Film screening with Q&A with the film’s Executive Producer, Roger Shannon (Professor of Film at Edge Hill University).

I Could Read the Sky, adapted from the Booker longlisted, photographic novel of the same name, explores identity, loss and exile. It is the moving story of an old man (Dermot Healy, in an acting role) living in a bedsit in London, remembering his life, growing up on the west coast of Ireland and his journey to London. Unravelling the strange, twisting drama of a working man’s life, the film moves from a decaying rural past to a vividly modern present, driven by a dynamic soundtrack drawing from both to deliver flowing, lyrical storytelling. It is the state of memory that the film evokes, not ‘memory as re-enactment’, but as texture, finding 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

Directed by Nichola Bruce, 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.

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23 October 2016


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