An event every week that begins at 7:30am on [day], repeating indefinitely
“Barbaric Genius” – A documentary about an extraordinary life
Directed by Paul Duane, Starring Frank Boyle, Dick Fitzgerald, John Healy, Megan Larkin and Robert McCrum
In the early ’90s, writer John Healy was a star, constantly being interviewed about his first book, “The Grass Arena”. The son of Irish immigrants, Healy lived rough on the streets of London for fifteen years, fighting and stealing to survive; a slave to alcohol, any alcohol – wine, strong cider, surgical spirits. Then he discovered chess. Alcohol was left behind. He became a rated chess player and a famous writer. Then John Healy disappeared. Stories emerged to fill the vacuum, dark stories; he was mentally ill – a psychopath. Filmmaker Paul Duane avidly followed these rumors as Healy’s book had made an enormous impression on him. In 2006, Paul Duane found John Healy.
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