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
- ContributorProinsias 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.
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
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)