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IFTA nominated Damien Dempsey documentary Love Yourself Today releases on-demand
01 Mar 2022 : News Desk
Damien Dempsey in Love Yourself Today.
Breakout Pictures has announced the on-demand release of Love Yourself Today, Ross Kileen’s critically acclaimed debut feature film.

Centred around the music of singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey, Love Yourself Today has received rave reviews, standing ovations, and an IFTA nomination for Best Documentary since its release last year.

Now the film will be released on March 14th to stream or download-to-own on various platforms including Google Play, Virgin Media, IFI @Home, Volta, Amazon Prime, Apple TV/iTunes, Microsoft Films & TV and Vimeo. 

Part documentary, part concert film, Love Yourself Today is an emotive celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal. The film centres around the music of Irish singer songwriter Damien Dempsey but also turns the lens onto his fans. Every Christmas in Dublin, the crowds gather for Damo’s Christmas gig at Vicar Street. Through the prism of the concert, we meet Dempsey and three members of the audience. We hear their stories, unravel their grief, and find the light in the darkness through communal art. For them, these shows have become a cathartic ritual, a safe space where emotions can be laid bare.  

With themes of addiction, loss but also hope and positivity, Dempsey’s music often reflects his fan's pain, alleviates their anguish and ultimately provides peace as they ‘sing all their cares away’.  

“It’s a wonderful movie about the healing power of music; how it can help heal trauma, lift us and help us through hard times,” said musician Damien Dempsey, when speaking about the film. “Singing and music are two of the few spiritual entities in the physical world, so we need to harness them and get people immersed in them because when people lose themselves at a gig, when everyone sings together, they carry a vibration away from the gig that spreads out like a ripple into others, it’s a way of healing.”

Director Ross Killeen added: “I’m immensely proud of this film and hope it does justice to the incredible power of Damo’s music and what he stands for but also the honesty, bravery and integrity of our cast. I can’t begin to describe the journey of making this film but I’m really excited by the idea of people watching it together in a cinema soon.” 

Love Yourself Today is a Motherland Production in association with Thirty Nine films. It is produced by Ross Killeen and Louise Byrne with Ross McDonnell and Rory Gilmartin serving as Exec Producers with backing from Screen Ireland. Edited by IFTA award winning Mick Mahon. Shot by Narayan Van Maele with an original soundtrack composed by John Reynolds and Damien Dempsey. 





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