Galway based filmmaker, Paula Kehoe’s, creative documentary ‘Deargdhúil: Dánta Mháire Mhac an tSaoi’ is now available to view in the TG4 Player.
This riveting documentary explores the life, work and sensual poetic imagination of the revolutionary Irish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi.
“Máire Mhac an tSaoi helped revolutionise Irish poetry in the twentieth century by drawing on a native tradition to express a passionate sensibility and taboo emotions. She was born in 1922, and her poetry explores intimate aspects of female experience in Ireland at a time when women’s voices were on the margins of Irish literature and society. Set against a backdrop of a tumultuous century in Irish history in which she and her family were centrally involved, her story is told through a dramatic, and occasionally provocative treatment of her poems that highlights the tension between the public persona of a powerful public figure and the exploration of female sexuality at the heart of her poetry.
Personal archive footage never before seen by the public is combined with the exquisite movement poetry of the performance artist Maureen Fleming for the more intimate poems. Mac an tSaoi’s subtle subversion of the prevailing orthodoxies of her time, and the shatteringly beautiful shapes created by Fleming transport us into the depths of a poetic universe dominated by the feminine principle.”
To watch the doc see the TG4 Player website here.
For more info on filmmaker Paula Kehoe see her website here.