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Pat Collins

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Filmography
  • The Aran Islands (in development)
    TBD — Feature Film
  • The Dance
    2021 — Documentary — 87 mins
  • Henry Glassie: Field Work
    2019 — Documentary — 105 mins
  • Song of Granite
    2017 — Feature Film — 104 mins
  • 1916: The Irish Rebellion
    2016 — TV Mini-Series Documentary 1 × — 52 mins
  • 1916 (co-director)
    2016 — TV Mini-Series Documentary 3 × — 52 mins
  • Living In A Coded Land
    2014 — Documentary — 80 mins
  • Fathom
    2013 — Feature Film
  • What Remains
    2013 — Feature Film
  • Silence
    2012 — Feature Film — 87 mins
  • Tim Robinson: Connemara
    2011 — Documentary — 57 mins
  • What We Leave In Our Wake
    2010 — Feature Film
  • Pilgrim
    2008 — Documentary Short — 13 mins
  • Loch Dearg
    2008 — Documentary Short — 26 mins
  • Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home
    2008 — Documentary — 76 mins
  • Na Duggana
    2007 — Documentary
  • Ar Thóir Logainmneacha
    2007 — Documentary
  • David Marcus
    2007 — Documentary
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
    2006 — Documentary
  • Rebel County
    2006 — Documentary
  • Hidden History
    2006 — TV Documentary Series
  • Cathair Chorcaí
    2005 — Documentary
  • Sundays In Ireland
    2005 — Documentary
  • John McGahern: A Private World
    2005 — Documentary — 54 mins
  • Beyond The Dark Mountain
    2005 — Documentary
  • Marooned
    2004 — TV Documentary — 52 mins
  • Frank O’connor: The Lonely Voice
    2003 — Documentary
  • Abbas Kiarostami: The Art Of Living
    2003 — Documentary — 55 mins
  • Oileán Thoraí
    2002 — Documentary — 52 mins
  • Idir Na Línte
    2001 — Documentary — 24 mins
  • Talking To The Dead
    2000 — Documentary
  • Michael Hartnett: Necklace Of Wrens
    1999 — Documentary
Awards
  • 2021 — Nominee
    London Film Festival — Documentary Film. The Dance
  • 2018 — Winner
    Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema — Best Feature Film - Avant-Garde and Genre. Song of Granite
  • 2017 — Runner-Up
    Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards — Best Director. Song of Granite
  • 2017 — Nominee
    Hamburg Film Festival — Critics Award. Song of Granite
  • 2016 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Documentary Series. 1916: The Irish Rebellion
  • 2014 — Winner
    Dublin Film Festival — Best Irish Documentary. Living in a Coded Land
  • 2013 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Director- Film. Silence
  • 2005 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Documentary. John McGahern: A Private World
  • 2006 — Winner
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Best Arts Documentary. Marooned
  • 2005 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Sports Documentary. Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living
  • 2003 — Winner
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Best Sports Documentary. Oileán Thoraí
  • 1999 — 2nd Place
    Galway Film Fleadh — Best Documentary Award. Michael Hartnett: A Necklace of Wrens
  • 1999 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Documentary. Michael Hartnett: A Necklace of Wrens
  • 1999 — Winner
    Celtic Film and Television Festival — Special Jury Award. Michael Hartnett: A Necklace of Wrens
  • 1999 — Nominee
    Irish Film and Television Awards — Best Documentary. Michael Hartnett: A Necklace of Wrens

Since 1999 PAT COLLINS has made over 30 films. His latest feature documentary Henry GlassieFieldwork premiered at TIFF in 2019 and is due to be released in Autumn 2020.

His feature film ‘Song of Granite’, funded by the Irish Film Board, BAI, SODEC and Telefilm Canada, was based on the life of the traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. It received its world premiere at SXSW 2017 and has screened at numerous international festivals. It was released in cinemas by Oscilliscope Distribution in the USA, Thunderbird Releasing in the UK and Canada, and Wildcard Distribution in Ireland. ‘Song of Granite’ was the Irish nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2018. Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic of ‘Screen International’ wrote “In an era of safe film-making, especially within the art-house sector, it’s rare to view a title as formally audacious as ‘Song of Granite’.”

His 2012 feature film ‘Silence’ received its international premier at London International Film Festival in 2013 and was distributed in Irish cinemas by Element Distribution and New Wave Films in the UK. He was co-director of the historical 3 part series ‘1916’. The series was broadcast on RTÉ, BBC and PBS in America.  In 2012, the Irish Film Institute curated a mid-career retrospective of his work to date, saying “…Viewed together, these fascinating screenworks offer a unique snapshot of Ireland at the turn of the 21st century.” (www.ifi.ie/whatson/season/poetic-truths-the-cinema-of-pat-collins). Recently the Irish Times listed ‘Silence’ and ‘Song of Granite’ in the top twenty ‘Best Irish films of all time’.

He has made films on the writer John McGahern, the poets Michael Hartnett and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the Connemara based writer and cartographer Tim Robinson. ‘Abbas Kiarostami – The Art of Living’ (co-directed with Fergus Daly) was picked up for international distribution in 2004 by the French company MK2. He has directed two political feature essay films, ‘What We Leave in Our Wake’ (2009) and ‘Living in a Coded Land’ (2014). His experimental film work has screened at the Absolute Gallery at Galway Arts Festival 2013, at the ICA London and Recontres Internationales London/Berlin, the Visual Carlow and numerous Irish and international film festivals.

His most recent film, ‘The Dance’, received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2021 and was the Gala Screening at Cork Film Festival 2021. It will receive a cinema release in February 2021.