In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Dónal Foreman about his genre-defying blend of psychodrama and fantasy, The Cry of Granuaile.

The Cry of Granuaile is a genre-defying blend of psychodrama and fantasy from Dónal Foreman, award winning director of the The Image You Missed (the IFTA-nominated documentary named by the Irish Times as one of the 50 best Irish films ever made.) Filmed on lush 16mm film and starring Dale Dickey and Judith Roddy, The Cry of Granuaile follows a grieving American filmmaker and her Irish assistant on a tour of the west of Ireland as they research a film about Granuaile (aka Grace O’Malley), the legendary 16th century rebel and pirate queen. The two women develop an uneasy intimacy as they journey towards the remote Clare Island, where boundaries begin to blur between past and present, myth and history, dream and reality. 

The film opened at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin on Friday, September 2nd at 6:20pm and at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork on Sunday, September 4th at 4:30pm. Screenings at Galway’s Eye Cinema begin on Friday September 9th.  Dónal Foreman will be in attendance for a Q&As at each city’s first screening. While Foreman tours with the film in Ireland, The Cry of Granuaile will also be playing in Australia as part of the Irish Film Festival with screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra over the next weeks.

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