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UK Premiere: Love Yourself Today (15*) + ScreenTalk with Damien Dempsey and Ross Killeen

Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2021

Damien Dempsey in a black and white image shot from below, holding a microphone

Damien Dempsey’s legendary annual concert at Vicar Street, Dublin, as seen through the eyes of his fans, is captured in this powerful, electrifying documentary. 

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.
 

Ireland 2021 Dir Ross Killeen 79 min 

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