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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Competition: Win Tickets to ‘Dreamtime, Revisited’ Opening Night at IFI on Friday

Thanks to the wonderful people at Anu Pictures, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the opening night  of Dreamtime, Revisited at the IFI on Friday, 12th October  @ 6.20pm. There will also be a Q&A with the directors Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz after the screening.
Dreamtime, Revisited, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz’s walkabout in dreamtime Ireland inspired by the works of Irish writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty, will be exclusively released at the IFI from Friday, 12th October 2012.
To be in with a chance of winning tickets, complete the title of the  CD box set released in 2007 containing a collection of stories narrated by Moriarty –  “One Evening in  __________”
Email your answer to filmireland@gmail.com before 5pm Wednesday, 10th October.
The Film Ireland hat’s decision is final.

 

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‘Dreamtime, Revisited’ released exclusively at the IFI from 12th October

Dreamtime, Revisited, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Julius Ziz’s walkabout in dreamtime Ireland inspired by the works of Irish writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty, will be exclusively released at the IFI from Friday 12th October 2012.

A notably brilliant student in UCD during the late 1950s, Moriarty disappeared from public view for many years but, in the final years of his life, he re-emerged as a prominent Irish writer and spiritual philosopher. In this period Moriarty published nine books through the Lilliput Press including Dreamtime (1994, revised 1999), Nostos, An Autobiography (2001), Invoking Ireland (2005) and What the Curlew Said – Nostos, Continued (2007). On his death in 2007 The Guardian wrote ’many considered John as a major writer, comparable to Yeats, Joyce and Beckett.’

Dreamtime, Revisited weaves together contemporary and archive material, with excerpts from some of Moriarty’s key talks, in a labyrinthine invocation of what he called his ‘dream-vision’ of Ireland. Dreamtime, Revisited is a reflective essay mirroring Moriarty’s gaze upon the face of contemporary and historical Ireland and exploring the spiritual and poetic dimensions of its people and landscape. Dreamtime weaves a rich tapestry of sound (with music from legendary Cúil Aodha musician and composer, Peadar Ó Riada) and image with a kaleidoscopic trove of archival sequences (unearthed in the IFI Irish Film Archive) complementing the contemporary landscape footage.

Director Dónal Ó Céilleachair is a New York and Ireland based Filmmaker. Having studied at TCD and NYU, Ó Céilleachair’s experience spans across the independent film landscape. He has worked on over 50 films over the past 20 years and his work has been shown at festivals and in museums across the world. Dónal was 2008 Film Artist-in- Residence in the Mhuscraí Gaeltacht at Ionad Cultúrtha, Báile Mhúirne, Co. Cork and the 35mm print of his Peidhleacan Solais (Butterfly Light) recently had its world premiere at the renowned Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Director Julius Ziz was born in Lithuania and is now based in NYC and County Clare. His films have been screened at many international film festivals and film museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Pompidou Centre, ICA (London), Tokyo National Film Center and the Cinémathèque Française. His films are in the collections of MoMA (NYC), Cinémathèque Française, Austrian National Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives (NYC) and the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.

Dreamtime, Revisited was made by Anú Productions with support from the Arts Council under the Reel Art scheme.

Tickets will be available from the 26th September from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie

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JDIFF 2012: Dreamtime, Revisited

Dreamtime Revisited

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Irish: Dreamtime, Revisited

Wednesday, 21st February, 6:30pm, IFI

 

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 itself – 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.

Honestly, I really didn’t expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. The same could be said for the talk afterwards where Filmbase’s own MD Alan Fitzpatrick spoke with Dreamtime, Revisited’s two directors. Julius Ziz stressed how surprised he was when so few people had heard of John Moriarty’s work. He cited John as a hero of this country and one of the most important poets and mystics of our time. Glad of the opportunity to work on this film, he stated that Dreamtime, Revisited was the perfect introduction for people to his work.

One of the best things about this particular screening was the audience’s warm reception to it, and how one attendee put it perfectly at the Q&A section:

‘I just feel so grateful for having being here. I’ve listened to John on and off over the years… and afterwards I almost wanted a minutes quiet to myself. This was pure magic… and as someone said over there, ‘do it again’ – because there’s enough material there for ten films. You really captured it; his spirit. Whatever you did, you did it well.’

Gemma Creagh

Click here for Film Ireland’s coverage of this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

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DREAMTIME REVISITED from donal o ceilleachair on Vimeo.

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