Cinema Review: Dreamtime, Revisited

Magical, wondrous, sensual and spiritual, Dreamtime Revisited is an evocative recollection of the life and work of writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty. Commissioned as part of Reel Art scheme,this abstract film uses stunning contemporary footage, interviews from his friends and family, audio excerpts from some of his own key talks as well as archive material footage from the IFI – and all of this skillfully arranged by directors Julius Ziz and Dónal ÓCéilleachair.

Not your standard documentary, this impressionistic piece has a beautiful flow, with the tempo ranging from soft atmospheric contemplative lulls to energetic bursts of frantic vocal performances. The poignancy and honesty in Moriarty complex compilations are juxtaposed by the warm memories of him told by those he cared for. These ultimately paint a warm and at times conflicting picture of John himself, as well as of the country that inspired him.

Aesthetically this film is a varied feast of epic sweeping views that would make Peter Jackson jealous, along with green hills, crashing waves, delicate flora, all contrasting with fantastic archive footage documenting life in rural communites and old familiar cityscapes. Along with the fantastic ambiance provided by the films soundtrack, this really brings home the layered, dreamlike essence of the film, making it a nostalgic heart-wrenching and at times hilarious piece of cinema.

Gemma Creagh

76 mins

Dreamtime, Revisited is released 12th October 2012


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