A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

Big Red Engine editor, Emer O’Clery, worked with director Gerry Hoban on the first part of this 2 part documentary for RTE, which went on to win an IFTA for Best Secialist Factual.
Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, Yeats brought about immense change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. 

Written by Geldof and Roy Foster, this incisive and moving documentary features readings by Bill Nighy, Van Morrison, Richard E Grant, Colin Farrell, Bono, Edna O’Brien, Ardal O’Hanlon, Noel Gallagher and Liam Neeson.

Originally broadcast on RTE in 2 parts, and adapted into a feature length single episode for BBC

 
 

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