Portable Stones is about a girl who leaves her home in the noisy city. She ends up living in a tent in a graveyard and becomes involved in a dream world. In the graveyard she hears voices which carry her through time. The voices speak of not speaking, the loss of body and the difficulty of communicating. The film builds up as a poem, line by line and verse by verse. There is no narrative structure and the story is created by associations. There are four characters: a man living together with his speechless brothers in a hut on a deserted island. five sisters who could be modern witches and chant riddles in an old ruin. a child struggling to reproduce a text she does not understand. and an old woman who is turning blind and struggling with words as she tries to read. All four characters represent different subconscious states and emotions, set against the protagonist’s daily life in the graveyard and dreamlike images from the island.


Title Portable Stones
Original title Portable Stones
Original language English
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 2005


Cast Allen O’Dwyer, Evelien Laseur, Paul O’Dwyer, Simon O’Dwyer
Photography Didier Frateur
Editing Argos
Music PJ Harvey

voice-overs: Liam Heffernen, Joy Barry Cousins, Orla Barry / image and sound editing: Virginie Messian

Technical specs

Running time film 60’
Release format DVCam
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

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Last edited on 19 February 2016

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Director Orla Barry
Producers Dries Phlypo, Liesbet Vaes, Astrid Bonduel
Writers Orla Barry

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