Loopline Film’s feature length version of Sé Merry Doyle’s film ‘Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool’ has won the BIFF Award for best documentary at the Boston Irish Film Festival. The film is a rich visual journey, exposing the contradiction that existed between Kavanagh’s public persona and his poetry.
The main locations of the film are his native Inniskeen in County Monaghan, and Dublin, where he spent most of his life. Against the odds he survived great poverty and ill health to deliver a canon of powerful and evocative poetry. Contributors to the film include TP McKenna, John Montague, Leland Bardwell, Macdara Woods and Dermot Healy. There is also an appearance by Kavanagh’s one time girlfriend Deirdre Manifold.
The film was financed by RTE and the Irish Film Board.
Narration and Script by Stephen Walsh. Music composed by Ger Kiely
Kavanagh’s poetry read by Gerard McSorley