SCREENING (International Premiere Damo & Director Q&A): 30 October 2021 at 18:00
London - Barbican Cinema 1BUY TICKETS View Map
SCREENING (Damo & Director Q&A): 03 November 2021 at 20:00
Newcastle - TynesideBUY TICKETS View Map
SCREENING (Damo & Director Q&A): 04 November 2021 at 20:15
Birmingham - MAC ArtsBUY TICKETS View Map
SCREENING (Damo & Director in person Q&A): 05 November 2021 at 18:45
Liverpool - FACT PicturehouseBUY TICKETS View Map
Glasgow on-sale 14 October
UK Premiere London - Q&A with director and Damien Dempsey (Barbican)
Regional Cities Q&A tour with the director.
Dir. Ross Killeen, 79 min, Ireland, 2021
“I’ve seen no better film about the social value of art. It’s both moving and motivating” - Brian Eno
Focusing on the music of acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, this documentary also turns the lens in the direction of his legendarily committed fans. Dempsey’s music often reflects his fans' pain, alleviates their anguish and ultimately provides peace as they ‘sing all their cares away’. Every Christmas in Dublin, the crowds gather for Damo’s Christmas gig at Vicar Street; a cathartic ritual, and a place where complex emotions can be laid bare.
Through the prism of the concert, we meet Dempsey and three members of his audience. We hear their stories, unravel their grief and find the light in the darkness through communal art. Part documentary, part concert film, Love Yourself Today explores themes of addiction and loss and also hope and positivity, in a celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal.
Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.