The king of the low budget all action movie Roger Corman sets up a film operation in Connemara.
President of the Concord Film Company Roger Corman, has made more than 400 movies and is one of the most successful independent distributor in the world.
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Michael D Higgins, eager to development an indigenous film industry has persuaded Roger Corman to build a studio in the west of Ireland. The Concorde Anois Teoranta studio operates from a converted factory building in the village of Tully, in the heart of Connemara, County Galway.
At the moment the centre of big budget film-making is in Dublin I would like to establish a centre in Galway for making lower budget films.
Údarás na Gaeltachta, the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht is providing grant aid to Concorde Anois and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands is providing Section 35 certification to Roger Corman films.
Padraic O hAoilain of Údarás na Gaeltachta believes Roger Corman coming to the Connemara Gaeltacht demonstrates to the world,
The west is a suitable location for this industry.
The first Concord Anois production is the action martial arts film 'Trained For Action’ starring Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson. A team of 50 local people are being trained to make movies on tight budgets, with tough deadlines, by a core group of American producers and directors.
Director Rick Jacobson describes the the Roger Corman school of film making as
Very fast, you know, down and dirty, you cut some corners without sacrificing the quality of the films he offers opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else in the business.
Production Designer Sinéad Nic Fhlanncha (Sinéad Clancy) is delighted to have an opportunity to work on a feature film.
People just really want to make this work, they want to make a go of it here in the heart of Connemara.
Trainee supervisor Maeve Seoige returned from teaching English in Thailand to be part of the film crew,
Where else would a studio take in raw recruits and start from scratch?
Gaffer Joey Brown is impressed by the positive attitude among the Irish trainees. He believes their experience on a Roger Corman set will equip them well for careers in the film business.
A ‘Nationwide’ report broadcast on 20 October 1995. The reporter is Jim Fahy. The presenter is Michael Ryan.