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Nichola Bruce

I Could Read the Sky

Edition 2000
86' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Nichola Bruce Composer: Iarla O'Lionaird With: Dermot Healy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Coyle
An elderly Irish man thinks about his life as he sits alone in a shabby room in London. He recalls his childhood along the Western Coast of Ireland, and then his days as a laborer as he moved to London from his native land. With no central narrative, ‘I Could Read the Sky’ concentrates on images of Ireland and England (photographed on both film and videotape), remembered moments with people from the old man's past, and a poetic narration drawn in part from the book of the same name by Timothy O'Grady and Steve Pike. (Mark Deming)

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Nichola Bruce


Iarla O'Lionaird


Dermot Healy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Coyle


Nichola Bruce, Timothy O'Grady, Steve Pyke

Director of Photography

Seamus McGarvey, Owen McPolin


Catherine Creed


Janine Marmot

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Countries of production

Ireland, United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"I Could Read the Sky" (Timothy O'Grady & Steve Pyke)



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