Dreamtime, Revisited, directed by Lithuanian born Julius Ziz and Dónal Ó Céilleachair, is a fitting tribute to Irish philosopher sage John Moriarty, who died ten years ago just after completing his distinguished autobiography Nostos.
Using interviews with Moriarty’s family and close friends, excerpts from his books, as well as passages from his most celebrated recorded talks and lectures, the film blends these predominantly aural elements with a rich collage of archive and contemporary footage, in a dream-like exploration of Moriarty’s preoccupation with Irishness and in particular, the rural Irish landscape.
‘It’s ten years ago that my dear friend John Moriarty, Irish philosopher sage, drifted into the eternal dream scape beyond. His obsession with re-imagining the past as a way to re-forge the future set him apart from all other thinkers of our age, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of myths and legends, places and people, and his elasticity of thought empowered him to stretch his thoughts across all landscapes and spaces. We invite you to share some contemplative dreamtime with John and his world along with some of his writings and poems which will also be available for you to browse and reflect on. Come when you want, leave when the fancy takes you. The space is free, the dreamtime is yours.”- Michael Barker-Caven, Artistic Director
‘Magical, wondrous, sensual and spiritual . . . Aesthetically this film is a varied feast of epic sweeping views that would make Peter Jackson jealous . . . a nostalgic, heart-wrenching and at times hilarious piece of cinema. ‘ – Film Ireland Magazine
‘Philosopher-poet John Moriarty drank deep from the well of Irish mythology, seeking a new understanding of what it means to be Irish, to be Celtic, to be human. Dreamtime Revisited illuminates his quest with a mesmeric kaleidoscope of images from Ireland’s past and present, in a joyous tribute to one of the sharpest minds that Ireland has produced in our time.’ – Michael Gray, Film Critic – Irish Echo NEW YORK
As part of the Cruinniú na Cásca national day of culture, supported by Creative Ireland and South Dublin County Council.