Director, Producer, Co-writer

"Perfectly pitched and paced. Understated and overpowering." Michael Longley

This was a labour of love combining the work of some incredible artists to bring Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s poetry into the medium of film.

Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion explores the life, work and sensual poetic imagination of the revolutionary Irish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Born in 1922, her story is set against a backdrop of a tumultuous century in Irish history in which she and her family were centrally involved. At a time when women's voices were being silenced, the native tradition in the Irish language was her stage to explore the depths of female sexuality and experience without shame.

Featuring the movement poetry of performance artist Maureen Fleming, interview by Louis de Paor, poetry voiced by Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, autobiography script voiced by Olwen Fouéré.

Editor: Julie Flavin, Co-writer: Louis de Paor, DOP: Colm Hogan, Lighting Designer for Maureen Fleming: Christopher Odo, Music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire & Dana Lyn, in addition to tracks by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Location sound: John Brennan 

2015 / 60 minutes / Digital Cinema. A Saoi Media production for Ildána (previously Splanc!), TG4 and the Arts Council.

Reviews/Articles:

Irish Examiner, Irish Times, Irish Post, Irish News, Tuairisc, IFI Blog

In conversation with Vincent Woods after a screening of Deargdhúil at Inish Island Conversations. The loveliest audience and Q&A yet!

In conversation with Vincent Woods after a screening of Deargdhúil at Inish Island Conversations. The loveliest audience and Q&A yet!