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  • Irish Film Institute (June 2021)
  • Queen’s Film Theatre (June 2021)
  • Triskel (June & July 2021)
What I do is I don't study people at all, I stand with people and study the things they create. That's what interests me. What do they choose to present as emblems of their being?


Henry Glassie: Field Work from Director Pat Collins is a portrait of the celebrated folklorist and ethnologist Henry Glassie. Inspired by and featuring Glassie – ‘Field Work’, is an immersive and meditative film set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists in Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina and Ireland. The film displays the director’s trademark eye for details and the process of the artist’s work is awe-inspiring. Glassie’s subject is folklore and art but his deep abiding love for the people who create it resonates throughout the film. “I don’t study people” Glassie says, “I stand with people and I study the things they create.” Artists like the sculptor Edival Rosas from Salvador in Brazil describe their practice as one where body and spirit are integrated, where in Glassie’s words the creative act brings “a momentary fulfilment of what it is to be human”.

“The impulse to create art is celebrated with reverence and warm admiration in Henry Glassie: Field Work. Inspired by the experiences and ideas of the American folklorist, director Pat Collins has fashioned a beguiling documentary that showcases the best instincts of humanity. The combination of wise words and beautiful objects is comfort viewing for the soul and given the state of the world it has rarely felt more welcome”
Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
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“Captured with mesmerizing intimacy by director Pat Collins and cinematographer Colm Hogan, the process of these artists is awe-inspiring. His credo is to meet people in terms of their excellence, rather than their failings. If more of us could apply Glassie’s philosophy to our lives, the world would be a better place”
TIFF Programme
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“…unhurried, quiet, thoughtful”
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“With the arts increasingly being taken over by commerce, it’s refreshing to see true human artistic expression at a regional level. Glassie’s field work is more important than ever” ☆☆☆☆
In The Seats
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“Collins has created a reflective piece of filmmaking that gradually draws you in until it becomes almost hypnotic”
Cara O’Doherty, The Echo
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“moving and fascinating”
Seán Crosson, Film Ireland
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“Collins provides extraordinary detail and patience in documenting the emergence of each artistic work he features from the materials used”
Seán Crosson, Film Ireland
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“intellectual integrity played out at a studied pace” ☆☆☆☆
Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
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"Hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making" ☆☆☆☆
Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
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“beautiful and meditative”
Esther McCarthy, The Irish Examiner
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"Mesmerising" ☆☆☆☆☆
Hilary White, Irish Independent
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"Opens the mind to Glassie’s enclosed but vital little world" ☆☆☆☆
David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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"A wonderful visual diary of the world and its inhabitants" ☆☆☆☆
Akram Herrak, High on Films
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"an utterly beguiling visual meditation on the transcendence of the creative act"
Declan Burke The Irish Examiner
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“It revels in the creation of art and the skill involved in admiring cinematic detail” ☆☆☆☆☆
Gareth O’Connor,
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"Immersive, keenly observed and frequently breathtaking, it’s another luminous work from the preeminent Irish filmmaker of his generation" ☆☆☆☆☆
John Maguire, Business Post


NTR Kennis van Nu Audience Award at InScience

International Science Film Festival,
November 2020

Best Irish Documentary

Galway Film Fleadh

Best European Science Film

EURASF, July 2021

Festival Screenings

Toronto International Film Festival

September 2019

Cinémathèque Montreal

February 2020

Glasgow Film Festival

March 2020

Galway Film Fleadh

July 2020

IFI Documentary Festival

September 2020

InScience Film Festival

November 2020

Festival International du Film sur l'Art

March 2021



Special Thanks:

Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla


Pat Collins


Tina O'Reilly

Film Editor:

Keith Walsh

Director of Photography:

Colm Hogan

Location Sound:

John Brennan

A South Wind Blows and Harvest Films production

Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon in association with and Fis Éireann/Screen Ireland

Produced with the support of incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland