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'Last Storyteller' to Screen at Venice
29 Aug 2002 :
'The Last Storyteller?', the film celebrating the work of folklore collector Seán Ó hEochaidh, will be screened as part of the New Territories category at the festival on the 30th and 31st August. 'The Last Storyteller?' was co-produced by Derry based Besom Productions and Edinburgh based Asylum Pictures and was directed by Desmond Bell who is originally from Derry. The project was jointly funded by RTÉ, TG4, with the assistance of Bord Scannán na hÉireann /The Irish Film Board and supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Director Desmond Bell has already drawn upon Seán Ó hEochaidh's vast experience of folklore in the making of his award winning film for RTÉ - 'Rotha Mór an Tsaoil.'

RTÉ Head of Television Production, Clare Duignan, said `After Rotha Mór an Tsaoil we suggested a full programme on the life of Seán Ó hEochaidh to Desmond Bell. We funded the development of the project and we are delighted that we were joined by TG4, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in the making of this fine documentary. Its selection for screening at the Venice Film Festival is an enormous honour and RTÉ congratulates Des Bell, producer Margo Harkin and all associated with the production.

Margo Harkin of Besom said `We are all naturally over the moon that our work is being recognised by such a highly competitive festival. It will now automatically be seen by thousands of people from all over the world and Seán's life and work will be recognised far beyond his native Teelin. He would have been delighted. We are very grateful to all who gave us funding and who stood by us in the making of this unusual film."

'The Last Storyteller?':
A film about fairies, folklore and Storyteller based on the work of Folklore Collector Seán Ó hEochaidh who died in January 2002.
Main Programme Credits
Voiceover: Stephen Rea
Sound Design: Gerald Mair
Online Editor & Colourist: Andy McGregor
Executive Producer for RTÉ Ray McCarthy
Executive Producer for Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board: Rod Stoneman
Executive Producer for TG4: Micheál Ó Meallaigh
Co Producer: Paul Kenny
Editor: Roger Buck
Producer: Margo Harkin
Written and Directed by Desmond Bell
An Asylum Pictures / Besom Productions co-production for RTÉ in association with TG4 and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Contact: Besom Production, e-mail: margo@besomproductions.co.uk
Desmond Bell of Asylum Pictures, email:d.bell@napier.ac.uk

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