Broken Song


Willa Lee
James Costello
Dean Scurry


Producer: Nodlag Houlihan
Director: Claire Dix
Cinematographer: Richard Kendrick
Camera: Narayan Van Maele, Dom Pontillio
Editor: Guy Montgomery
Sound: Graham Newcombe
Music: Hugh Drumm

Broken Song / 70 mins / 2013.

Broken Song: GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin. For these young men self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. Their aim is simply to articulate the chaos that surrounds them and to fight it with their words and voices alone. Along the way it has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests. 

In the end, the place where they live and their words are one and the same, constantly in flux, full of darkness and light. It is proof that these suburbs - that have bred darkness, murder and hate - have also inspired poetry and these unlikely artists are using words alone to fight back.

Broken Song premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Audience Award and the Dublin Critics Circle 'Discovery' Award. 

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