BARBARIC GENIUS

BARBARIC GENIUS

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In the early ‘90s, writer John Healy was a star, on international TV, in the national press, constantly being interviewed about his first book, 'The Grass Arena'. There was much about him that made him appealing to the media, not least a sense of danger. John Healy wasn’t just another award-winning author - he had a history of violence. The son of Irish immigrants, Healy lived rough on the streets of London for fifteen years, fighting and stealing to survive; a slave to alcohol – until he discovered Chess before mysteriously disappearing. Filmmaker Paul Duane avidly tries to uncover Johns whereabouts and exposes a fascinating mesh of class, money, art and fiction, a clash of cultures, defining the Irish immigrant experience in Britain as something that the country’s ruling classes still haven’t quite managed to absorb.
Not Rated
72 minutes
2011
Documentary
United Kingdom
English
None
Wildcard Distribution

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