Immigrants Open Shops is a short film about a truth that I missed for many years, until it was pointed out to me by my friend, the Iraqi poet, Sargon Boulus. Contrary to the fears, and often the fear-mongering in some communities, immigration has many benefits: bringing new energy, new talent and new perspectives, and […]
The power of lovers to find each other in the world, and, even in hard times, to make the world bearable for each other, is something to celebrate. The Inverse Wave is a poetry film about recording, noise cancellation – oh yes, and love. Poem, music and film by Pat Boran. Entirely made from StoryBlocks […]
First published in 2001 in As the Hand, the Glove, Lost and Found is a poem about waste, sustainability and recycling – and about the gifts given to us by those who came before. It was prompted by my late father’s habit of accumulating all kinds of things, in case they might someday come in […]
In an era when the word ‘snowflake’ has become an insult, A Winter Blessing considers our attitudes to openness and vulnerability, while the film also remembers Ukichiro Nakaya, a Japanese nuclear physicist who turned from his original profession in order to study the composition of snow — perhaps a lesson for our time.
On a Wave of Light is the result of a ‘Local Live Performance Laois County Council’ commission, for which I’m hugely grateful. Like most of my previous films, it was shot entirely on an iPhone. The music, which I wrote and played (in something of a new departure), was greatly enriched by a generous contribution […]
Building the Ark is the latest in my ongoing series of poetry films, inviting a second look at local landmarks and also, in this case, at received wisdom. This one was shot at the Tree of Life, the extraordinary chainsaw sculpture by Tommy Craggs, to be found just beside St Anne’s Park, in Raheny, Dublin. […]
A mistake in childhood may prove to be a lens through which the past is more clearly visible. A poetry film by Pat Boran. With thanks to the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, for its support. THE MISTAKE One power-cut storm night, almost fifty years ago, I set a dancing candle down beside a drape, and […]
Greek Vase looks at a beautiful work of art and sees in it an image of the casual violence of our own time. A poetry film by Pat Boran.
Recorded in the grounds of Emo Court, Co. Laois, Ireland, The Statues of Emo Court celebrates patience, resilience and the turning of the seasons, finding inspiration in the statues of one of Ireland’s most celebrated Big Houses at Emo Court, not far from my native Portlaoise. The poem was commissioned by Dunamaise Arts Centre, and […]
The Sea is a poem about borders, natural and man-made. In the era of Brexit and Trump, mostly it is a letter of regret and enduring friendship to our neighbours across the Atlantic and the Irish Sea. A poetry film by Pat Boran.