A documentary based on the life and career of Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor will open this year’s Docs Ireland festival, beginning next week. Directed by Belfast-born filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson, ‘Nothing Compares’ will screen on Wednesday 29 June.
Reflecting on the legacy of the singer, the documentary follows her rise and fall over a five-year period (1987-1992). Beginning with O’Connor’s infamous appearance at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, the film jumps back showing where her passion for music was derived from and examining the roots of her anger at the Catholic Church.
O’Connor and people close to her give us insights into her musical inspirations and speak about her abusive and traumatic childhood.
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The documentary had its world première at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Festival’s World Cinema Jury Prize (Documentary).
This year’s Docs Ireland programme includes the best of new Irish, UK and international documentaries, industry sessions, talks, masterclasses and networking opportunities.
Director of Docs Ireland, Michele Devlin said: “We are thrilled to be hosting a screening of Kathryn Ferguson’s brilliant debut feature documentary ‘Nothing Compares’. The film tells the turbulent story of one of Ireland’s most famed stars and it is an honour to showcase it at Docs Ireland’s opening night.”
“Coming into its fourth year, Docs Ireland hosts Ireland’s only documentary film marketplace and provides an important platform for documentarians across the country. It is a privilege to showcase new international documentaries alongside the immense range of talent we have in Ireland.”
Director of ‘Nothing Compares’, Kathryn Ferguson said: “It is extremely exciting to bring ‘Nothing Compares’ to the big screen, made all the more special as it is in my home city of Belfast.”
“We are honoured to open this year’s Docs Ireland festival and cannot wait to bring this story of one of our most cherished artists to the Irish audience.”
Docs Ireland is sponsored this year by Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast City Council, Department For Communities, BFI FAN, TG4, Film Hub NI, BBC Northern Ireland and Yellowmoon.