On a Wave of Light: A Poetry Film

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: A Poetry Film

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. […]

The Mistake: A Poetry Film

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: A Poetry Film

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs0RgnuCQTs

The Statues of Emo Court: A Poetry Film

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: A Poetry Film

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. https://youtu.be/gKKXzEZ7Lgo

Poetry Film: Station Road

Recorded on Station Road, Dublin 13, this new poetry film is an invitation, in these stressful and challenging times, to slow things down and to get our racing imaginations back in sync with our breathing — as simple and challenging as that can be. A poetry film by Pat Boran, with special thanks to Alexandria […]

The Pier: A Poetry Film

The Pier , a poetry film by Pat Boran, was shot on the East Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin, in August 2020. https://youtu.be/VMu5FuztdOc

Rhododendron Gardens, Howth: A Poetry Film

HERE’S A SHORT FILM, based on my poem Rhododendron Gardens, Howth, made during the lockdown travel restrictions of recent weeks. The poem itself is a couple of years old, and about the experience of return visits to a familiar location. I suppose for obvious reasons it seemed to take on additional significance in the present climate. If […]

A Man Is Only As Good: A Poetry Film

A Man Is Only As Good is a short film based on my poem of the same name. Something of an experiment in these strange times. I hope you enjoy it.