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Ardmore Studios Presents Three Restored Titles to Irish Archive
23 Oct 2008 :
For the 50th anniversary celebrations of Ardmore Studios, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), Kevin Moriarty (Managing Director of Ardmore Studios) and Morgan O’Sullivan (Tudors Series Executive Producer) presented three films produced in the early years of the studios to the Irish Film Archive.

Two of the feature films - ‘Sally’s Irish Rogue’, ‘This Other Eden’ and have until recently been locked in British and American archive vaults and will screen in the coming weeks at the IFI.

With the support of Ardmore Studios and Managing Director Kevin Moriarty, the films have been found, restored and are repatriated for presentation and preservation in the Irish Film Archive.

‘Home is the Hero’ was donated to the Archive by Vincent Dowling and this will be the first screening of the restored 35mm print funded by the Hertiage Council.

Kasandra O’Connell, Head of the Irish Film Archive at the IFI said: “The restoration and repatriation of these early Ardmore productions is a fitting way to celebrate the studios' 50 year heritage. The Irish Film Archive is pleased to be able to add these films to the National film collection and we are honoured that Minister Cullen will be joining us as we pay tribute to the legacy of Ardmore.”

‘Home is the Hero’ was the first film to go into production in the newly formed Ardmore Studios. Directed by American Fielder Cook, the script is by Henry Keating from the 1952 stage play of the same name by Walter Macken. ‘Home is the Hero’ tells the story of Paddo O’Reilly (beautifully played by Macken himself), ‘the Goliath of Galway’, who is released from prison after a five-year conviction for killing the father of his son’s girlfriend, and his attempts to re-establish his role as head of the family, entering into conflict with his wife Daylia (Eileen Crowe), his daughter, Josie (Joan O’Hara), and his assertive son Willie (played by Arthur Kennedy).

The IFI is delighted to announce that the screening will be introduced by Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen, T.D.

The first Ardmore film production to be released in cinemas, ‘Sally’s Irish Rogue’ received its world premiere at the 1958 Cork Film Festival. Based on the George Shiels stage play The New Gossoon, and directed by George Pollock, it was one of the few Irish-made films of the 1950s to get an American release, probably due to the popularity at the time of its star Julie Harris. Harris (the Sally of the title) is engaged to the roguish, restless Luke (Tim Seely) who is more interested in motorcycles and other women than in settling down or the farm he is about to inherit. This film was digitally re-mastered from elements preserved at the British Film Institute.

The first Irish feature to be directed by a woman - Muriel Box, ‘This Other Eden’ is a caustic comedy set in 1945 where the erection of a statue of patriot martyr Jack Carberry creates problems in a small town. The film explores the traumatic legacy of the Civil War, and in particular the impact of the death of Michael Collins on successive generations. Given that the producer Emmet Dalton was with Collins the day he was shot, some critics have speculated that this film was an attempt to redress, even rewrite the history of that time. However, with a fine supporting cast of Abbey players and star turns from Milo O’Shea and Hilton Edwards, ‘This Other Eden’ is not just a critique of the past but a witty and complex comment on an emergent modern Ireland. This film was digitally re-mastered from elements preserved at the British Film Institute.

The screening times at the IFI are as follows;

‘Home is the Hero’ (1959) 29 October, 6.30pm (82 mins)
’Sally’s Irish Rogue’ (1958) 26 November, 6.30pm (74 mins)
’This Other Eden’ (1959) 17 December, 6.30pm (80 mins)



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