Claire Dix :: A further example of hip-hop as a lifeline: this time among problematic teens from Dublin’s roughest neighbourhood. A moving tale of solidarity and friendship, of guys –Costello, Willa, GI  – searching for a light. Filmed with great beauty and unbelievable rhythm. " />

Broken Song

Director Claire Dix
Ireland / 66 min. / 2013 / English



A further example of hip-hop as a lifeline: this time among problematic teens from Dublin’s roughest neighbourhood. A moving tale of solidarity and friendship, of guys –Costello, Willa, GI  – searching for a light. Filmed with great beauty and unbelievable rhythm. 

 

Troubled teenagers in Dublin's worst neighborhood cling to hip hop as a lifeline. We've seen this more than once before – it's one of the great chronicles of the 20th and 21st centuries – but this time it's different. Broken Song plays out as a fiction film, like a typical heart-rending artifact by Mike Leigh or the Ken Loach of Sweet Sixteen. It's a touching tale of solidarity and friendship, of guys searching for a light. Costello, Willa and GI are the trio from the slums, destined to wind up in a jam (Willa spends the film dodging criminal court hearings and previous misdemeanors - don't even go there) but in the end, they don't. Their dedication and determination move us to the core: kids without qualifications, everything stacked against them, perfecting an art form and coaching younger rappers, by spelling it out: "Make it deeper, more personal, more humble, less gangster." "At the end of the day I'm just another scared kid", explains Willa, touching our hearts by sneaking in through our ribcages. This is a film shot with overwhelming tact and art, a testament to the right decisions, to opportunities that knock for every social class and sources of redemption. Shaven headed kids in tracksuits, determined to save their own lives and live rapping. Pain and inspiration in equal measure.


Claire Dix is a young Irish director who debuts with Broken Song. Her previous short films include Alia (2012) and Downpour (2011). 

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Premios
Audience Award (Dublin International Film Festival 2013), Discovery Award (Dublin International Film Festival 2013)

Participation
in festivals
BEAT Film Festival Moscow 2014, Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival Croatia 2014, CPH:DOX 2013, Dublin International Film Festival 2013

Leadings
Willa Lee, James Costello, Christopher Buckley (GI), Dean Scurry

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Music Composer

Producer

Film company
Zucca Films

Film distributor
Network Ireland TV

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