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I Could Read the Sky

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I Could Read the Sky a film about music, madness memory, love and loss, a haunting story of immigration.

I Could Read the Sky is adapted from the photographic novel of the same name which has been recently published to rave reviews and explores the sense of identity, loss and exile. It is the moving story of an old man living in a bedsit in London, remembering his life, growing up on the West coast of Ireland and his journey to London.

The film unravels the strange twisting drama of a working man's life. It moves from a decaying rural past to a vividly modern present, driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both, and a simple flowing lyrical story telling. It is the state of memory that the film evokes, not memory as re-enactment but as texture. The film gets to 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.

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.


Type of film
Running Time
86 mins
35mm Kodak
Nichola Bruce
Paulo Branco, Ben Gibson, Roger Shannon, Rod Stoneman
Catherine Creed
Director of Photography
Seamus McGarvey BSC, Owen McPolin
Cameron Hills, Dan Birch
Iarla O'Lionáird, Featuring tracks by Sinead O'Connor, Martin Hayes, Liam O'Maonlai
Principal Cast
Dermot Healy
Executive Screen Writers
Nichola Bruce

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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Hot Property Films Ltd
Contact: Janine Marmot
27 Newman Street
London W1P 8PE
Tel: 020 7323 9466
Fax: 020 7323 9467


Gemini Films
Contact: Licia Eminenti
34 Boulevard Sebastopol
75004 Paris, France
Tel: 00 33 1 44 541717
Fax: 0033 1 44 549666