UK Premiere of ‘Broken Song’ plus Q&A with Director Claire Dix
Venue: Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, NW6
2014 / 70 Mins / Dir: Claire Dix / (15)
Featuring: Willa Lee, James Costello, GI, Dean Scurry
GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin. For these young men self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. Their aim is simply to articulate the chaos that surrounds them and to fight it with their words and voices alone. Along the way it has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests.
Broken Song is a documentary film about music, redemption and the struggle to find and articulate meaning in an often chaotic world.
In the end, the place where they live and their words are one and the same, constantly in flux, full of darkness and light. It is proof that these suburbs – that have bred darkness, murder and hate – have also inspired poetry and these unlikely artists are using words alone to fight back.
Broken Song premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Audience Award and the Dublin Critics Circle ‘Discovery’ Award.
‘Broken Song’ will be accompanied by a fantastic Irish Short Film: ‘Doghouse’
2013 / 17 mins / Dir: Morgan Bushe
Cast includes: Peter Coonan, Lorcan Melia, Deirdre Mullins
The difficulties of being an estranged father overwhelm Doug (Peter Coonan) in this short
drama. Low on cash and hunted for unpaid debts, Doug is given the irreconcilable tasks of babysitting his young son whilst getting rid of family pet Mr. Dog. With Doug assailed by both his own failings and the relentless negativity surrounding recessionary Ireland Doghouse creates a sometimes comic portrayal of a luckless man.