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The Yellow Bittern - the life and times of Liam Clancy

Directed by Alan Gilsenan
Produced by Anna Rodgers
A cinematic documentary biopic on the last surviving member of The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
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Overview

Synopsis

A cinematic and confessional documentary biopic on the raucous life of Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of iconic Irish band The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, who at their height, were out-selling the Beatles, and playing for JFK and the Ed Sullivan Show. The band changed the face of Irish popular music and influenced artists as disparate as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and The Pogues.

But for all their fame, their story remains largely untold. This darkly revealing portrait goes behind the mask of the performer and delves deep into the psyche of Liam Clancy as well as his troubled personal life where the excesses of rock-and-roll found their way in to the world of folk.

Featuring unseen archive, audio recordings, and guest appearances.

Stage
finished
Running time
108 minutes

Credits

  • Anna Rodgers ... Producer
  • John Murray ... Producer
  • Alan Gilsenan ... Director

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Crossing the Line Films
Country
Ireland
Years of Production
2005 - 2009
Locations
Ireland, America

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Distribution
Element Pictures
Broadcast (Prod.)
RTÉ, Irish Film Board
Language
English

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