A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 1

A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 1

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Belfast, Cork, Dublin




Production 23/07/1982


26min 41sec




Betacam SP



Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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This six-part-series, narrated by Raymond Maxwell, looks back at Ireland's contribution to the film industry and envisions how it might look in the future. 

With the help of film historians George Morrison and Liam O'Leary, learn how Irish society first reacted to the moving image and the demand it commanded. We also hear from Victor Mara who recollects the first film he ever saw in 1897, were the reaction of the audience "was terrific".  Similarly, Ralph Dickson, recounts going to the Grosvenor Hall with his grandmother at the age of four where he "got the fright" of his life as a "lion seemed to jump out of the picture". 



An Ulster Television Production for Channel Four

Ulster Television wishes to thank: George Morrison Film Archives, Liam O’Leary Film Archives, British Film Institute, RTE Film and Illustrations Library, Irish Film Board, Irish Film Institute, The Belfast Central Library, The Linenhall Library, Gael-Linn and all the many people who supplied material and contributed to the series.

Produced and Directed by Bob Brian 

Series Adviser: Liam O’Leary

Hollywood Adviser: Anthony Slide

Hollywood Location Manager: Marc Wanamaker 

Stills photography: Kenneth McNally

Titles: Alastair McIlwain

Graphic Design: Michael Williams 

Original Music Composed and Conducted by Noel Kelehan 

Film Cameramen: Blane Scott and Ian MacGregor-White 

Film Sound: Paul Irwin and Trevor O’Connor

Film Editor: Pat Devine

Production Assistant: Alison Johnston 

Production Associate: Raymond Maxwell






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