The Island of Saints is based on an important 14th century medieval manuscript, The Red Book of Ossory, which was compiled in Kilkenny and is housed there in St Canice’s Cathedral. Pre-eminent among the manuscript’s texts are sixty remarkable Latin poems by Richard de Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory. Caitríona O’Leary, music director of Anakronos, has set de Ledrede’s esoteric and imagistic poetry to music from a multitude of medieval sources.
This film version of The Island of Saints recounts the story of de Ledrede’s manic pursuit and persecution of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla de Meath. The film is shot in the beautiful 13th century Swords Castle (the best surviving example of an Archbishop’s Palace in Ireland) and the woodlands in Malahide castle demesne. The story is told through music, with performers in historical costume dramatising the tale.
The Island of Saints – A Film by Eric Fraad
Caitríona O’Leary voice
Nick Roth saxophones and percussion
Deirdre O’Leary clarinets and percussion
Greg Felton keyboard
Mel Mercier percussion
Raymond Keane as Richard de Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory
Caitríona O’Leary as Dame Alice Kyteler
Megan O’Malley as Petronilla de Meath
Ethan Dillon as William Outlaw
Vitor Bassi as Artisson
Michael Cooney & Gavan O’Connor Duffy as the Dominicans
Presented by Heresy Films in Association with Hill of Miracles Ltd.
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