A City Solitary

Details

Location

Derry

Year

1963

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

22min 23sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Peter Mc Donald

Rights Holder

Irish Film Archive, Peter Mc Donald

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Description

Doughty, hardworking and with hope in their hearts, can the city's people meet the challenges ahead and "build a bridge for Derry's future?"

An expository documentary that contemplates the history of the city and the circumstances that have led to the divisions and disparity between the Catholic (working class) and  the Protestant (merchant class) communities. The myriad economic and social causes of these divisions are examined: the decline in local industry, outward emigration and unemployment.
 

Notes

Terence Mc Donald (1926 – 2001) was a teacher, film historian, film collector and a pioneering amateur filmmaker from Derry. He made 35 films in his lifetime covering a wide range of themes such as mental health, travelling theatre, and portraits of his home town, Derry. His playful fiction films often pay homage to classic cinema moments from Peyton Place to Potemkin, from Chaplin to Jacques Tati. Terence Mc Donald undertook all aspects of production - filming, sound recording and editing and produced a body of remarkably sophisticated work. This film is courtesy of his son, Peter Mc Donald.
 

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

A Fairview Films Production

Directed by Terence Mc Donald

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