Reviews of Time after Time
"A coming together - a sharing from the heart."
Bobby Bunningurr, Elder of the Maliburr tribe, Arnhem Land
Cool clips, even if they often fly under the radar
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Mairéid Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell
"Time After Time" (Lyrebird Media) "This colorful journey celebrates the cultures of Ireland, America and Australia in a flowing stream of music, poetry and visual imagery.
Created by Irish singer Mairéid Sullivan and guitarist Ben Kettlewell, the film includes songs from Sullivan's CDs, poetry readings and speeches from great Native Americans, juxtaposed against pictures reaching from a close-up of a tiny Australian butterfly to a view of the expanding universe. Rich, embracing and informative as music and video, "Time After Time" is an exhilarating example of visual world music at its best. Available at www.lyrebirdmedia.com." Full review/article can be found here
"A lyrical and jubilant interpretation of the human spirit through time and cultures
- a visual and aural feast to remind us of our common harmonious ancestry."
Brian Kavanagh A.S.E. Film Editor and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,
Australian Screenwriters Guild
"as good as Microcosmos...Baraka"
Darren Lambert from SpiritofBaraka.com
"Time after Time, a film shot in Ireland, North America and Australia that celebrates the great heritage of ancient Celtic, American and Australian peoples. Time after Time is beautifully shot, its style comparable to other films found on this website. Yet Time after Time has its own theme and style.
Time after Time is a film that highlights the great beauty and diversity of the landscapes and peoples of Ireland, North America and Australia. The colourful landscapes of each of the countries is captured magnificently in Time after time. The richness of colours gives a wonderful feel to the film.
The soundtrack for Time after Time has the presence of the human voice. Poems and songs accompany the diverse music of the film. Although not scripted dialog or narration I found the presence of a voice unusual at first. However I soon found the initial poem adding to the mood.
After an introduction the film has a chapter for each of the countries shown in the film. The beautiful coastline and woods of Ireland make a beautiful subject. Watching the images in Time after Time gives me a great sensation as they remind me of my own Celtic homeland of Cornwall, England. Most images are of the Ireland most people are familiar with, yet many images show a side perhaps we don't know. The Celtic poems and songs add greatly to the mood. The underwater images suggest a great diversity to the filmmakers techniques. The image of Celtic symbols give a real sense of history.
Time after Time has a change of mood as the film continues onto North America. The beautiful winter landscapes are captured so well a chill fills the air. Time after Time is also warming with the shots of the sun drenched inner heartland of North America. There are shots of paintings from Native American tribes now gone. I felt a similar feeling to that experienced from many scenes in Baraka.
Time after Time ends with Australia. The vast and diverse land and its people are captured. This is one of the best insights into Aboriginal life I have seen, even having spent a year living in Australia. There are great scenes of Australia's bright and elegant wildlife.
Time after Time is a unique film. Its style is individual and yet familiar with many other films. The wildlife scenes as good as Microcosmos, and the capturing of people as good as Baraka. Time after Time's distinct soundtrack and content makes a great film.
Time after Time was created by Maireid Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell. I hope the pair make equally great films in the future."
"Time after Time embraces the viewer with a vision of three rich cultures.
Kevin Childs, legendary Australian author and journalist
"Images, songs and poetry are woven together to create a mesmerizing and enchanting film that propels this art form to a new level. Over 75 minutes we are taken into glorious landscapes and seductive images of Ireland, North America and Australia. Produced, filmed and edited by Maireid Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell, Time after Time is more than a film in that it can be presented in concert with a live performance of the soundtrack. Here are found the old songs and stories that touch us deeply, melded with original compositions.
There is magic here as sublime poetry and ancient song celebrate freedom and echo a world beyond ours. It shows how beauty heals suffering, the wisdom of the original inhabitants of these ancient lands and how, ultimately, although we are but stardust in a vast universe, through a shared understanding, we are one. The result is as moving and affecting as all great art. It's magnificent. I was really moved."
Time after Time Puts Imagery Back in the Cinema
By T.S. Kerrigan
American Reporter Correspondent
Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES -- I was raised, like every other kid of my generation, in the movie houses of post-war America. We may have been shamefully seduced by Hollywood, but were blessed by being spared the current deluge of television and mass media in our lives.
When I think of the thousands of films I have seen over the years, I realize most of them were as forgettable as the present crop produced for our delectation by the self-described “dream makers“ of the industry, those representatives of the major studios and independent production companies with a close eye on audience trends and the bottom line. But the exceptions were breathtaking.
Nothing will prepare the viewer for the extraordinary imagery that keeps coming at you nonstop together with the beautifully integrated songs of Maireid Sullivan, one of the finest pure singers to come out of Ireland in the last fifty years, imagery so powerful that the traditional need for a narrative line is utterly absent.
You want to stop this film and linger over the pictures that come almost too rapidly at you, pictures of places, nature, and people. It's the kind of film you can see over and over and still find something new and meaningful that you missed before.
I have been to Ireland many times in my life and I live in America, but this film shows me aspects of both those places and cultures, especially in the primitive times the film celebrates, of which I was not fully aware. It showed me these things by its consummate evocation of its themes through a chain of stunning images. "Time After Time" speaks in carefully presented lyrical pictures and makes its salient points eloquently and poetically. You never have the sense of being beaten over the head with an idea of the filmmakers.
The work of Ms. Sullivan, Ben Kettlewell, and friends, "Time After Time" is nothing less than a triumph of the eye and the imagination. Read the full review
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