A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 4

A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 4

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Belfast, Dublin, Los Angeles




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. 

The question posed in this episode is "has Ireland made a major contribution to the cinema?". The answer of course depends on who you are speaking to, with contributor Liam O'Leary believing that it's "influence on world cinema was vast", however another contributor Dan O'Herlihy, thinks that it has not made a personal contribution, with many false starts occurring.

John Ford, one of Hollywood's greats, is spoken about by several who worked with him. Ford was an Irish-American who portrayed Ireland in a romantic and idealistic light, with Harry Carey Jr, describing him as "the most unique person" he has ever met. We also meet producer, William MacQuitty, who made the film A Night to Remember, based on the Titanic tragedy, a personal story to him as he grew up in Belfast, where it was made and even stepped on board the Titanic during a trial run. 


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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