A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 6

A Seat Among the Stars: Episode 6

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Ardmore Studios, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, wicklow




Production 23/07/1982


26min 39sec




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. 

Muris Macconghail (The Irish Film Board Chairman), explains how there are several components that make up a total film industry and that the plan over the next four years is to "make sense of this whole thing" and find financial and production partners. This is after John Boorman persuaded the government to buy Ardmore Studios, Irelands first dedicated film studio capable of holding big scale productions. Boorman explains how he became chair of the studio with the understanding that there would be a production fund for making films. 

Other topics explored in this penultimate episode are contemporary Irish film makers and the subjects they choose to address, as well as the concept of making movies for television now and not for cinema with Alexander Walker stating that "TV has ceased to be a retirement home for old movies and it's became a cradle for new ones".



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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