Kalem Films

EXHIBITION : PROINSIAS Ó CONLUAIN

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The history of cinema in Ireland including the American Kalem Film Company filming in Co. Kerry at the beginning of the 20th century.  

  • Title
    80 years of Cinema in Ireland
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/03/1976
  • Contributor
    Proinsias Ó Conluain
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:14
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    The Arts
  • Clip title
    Kalem Films
  • Extended description

    Proinsias had a deep interest in cinema and film making in Ireland. He wrote two books on the subject 'Scéal na Scannán' (The Story of Films) and 'Ár Scannáin Féin' (Our own Films). He was particularly interested in the work of the Kalem Film Company who came from America in 1910 to use Ireland as a location for a series of films.

    Annie O' Sullivan, from Beaufort Killarney, recalls Kalem in Killarney and director Sidney Olcott filming outdoor scenes. Robert di Vignola, an Italian born American actor and director (from an archive recording), recalls some tensions between the film company and the local priest when he worked in Killarney. 

  • Information

    Proinsias himself had a cine camera and filmed extensively in the 60's, 70's and 80's. The films appear to be mainly of family interest. 

    The accompanying photograph shows the Lakes of Killarney, Co. Kerry. The photograph was taken by John Rowe in 1981. © RTÉ Archives 2323/036

  • Local keywords
    Prionsias Ó Conluain, Cinema, Kalem Film Company, Kerry, Robert di Vignola, Annie O' Sullivan, Sidney Olcott
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA3159
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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