Katrina Costello’s directorial debut The Silver Branch is coming to a number of cinemas nationwide as the director embarks on a tour of the island with her Hot Docs International Spectrum Audience Award-winning film under her arm.

The Silver Branch is a philosophical vision-poem on the life of a farmer-poet Patrick McCormack, who farms in Ireland’s most ancient and rugged landscape — the Burren, in Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present-day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills. Patrick longs to farm in the quite pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to Battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness is an uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place. It captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a Burren farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him.

Produced by Ken O’Sullivan of Sea Fever Productions, The Silver Branch explores the relationship between man and landscape, between tradition and spirit, between body and soul. The film was funded by Screen Ireland / Fís Éireann, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and the Irish Incentive for Film and Television Section 481.

Tour Dates:

  • Town Hall Theatre, Galway – Wednesday, October 3rd at 8pm
  • IFI, Dublin – From Friday, October 5th at 6:30pm
  • Moat Theatre, Naas – Sunday, October 14th at 7pm
  • Glór, Ennis – Saturday, October 20th at 8pm
  • Belltable, Limerick  – Monday, October 22nd
  • St. John’s, Listowel – Tuesday, October 23rd at 8pm
  • Siamsa Tíre, Tralee – Wednesday, October 24th at 8pm
  • Triskel Arts Centre, Cork – Three nights from Monday, November 26th

Leave a Reply