After '68

After '68

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09/10/1993 (Irish release - Cork Film Festival)


25min 00sec




16mm, film



Stephen Burke


Mammoth Films, RTE

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The story of Frieda, a young girl growing up in strife-torn late 1960's Derry, and her attempts to have a normal adolescence despite the violence which surrounds her.

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'In Derry, fourteen-year-old Frieda, the product of a brief liaison between a Catholic woman and a Protestant city councillor, Mr Craig, retells their story which begins in the 1960s. Though receiving money from Frieda's father, her mother goes to see Mrs Craig, Frieda's father's wife, who, to Frieda's discomfort, then visits her. At this time the Civil Rights struggle begins, and Frieda's mother is assaulted by the RUC during marches, including on the four-day march from Belfast to Derry which was ambushed at Burntollet Bridge by loyalists. Her father joins the newly formed Ulster Defense Regiment, while in 1971 the Provisional IRA kill a soldier at the end of their street. By Bloody Sunday 1972, when thirteen civilians are killed by British soldiers, her mother can take no more and they move to a cottage across the border in Donegal. Her father is killed while on patrol and Frieda and her mother return to Derry for the funeral. On their way back to Donegal, Frieda sees an ex-boyfriend with a rifle at an IRA checkpoint in the city'. Source - Kevin Rockett, The Irish Filmography, Dublin, Red Mountain Press, 1996.


Cast - Deirdre Molloy - Frieda; Ger Ryan - Frieda's mother; Fidelma Murphy - Mrs Craig; Dermott Martin - Tommy Halpin; Brian McGrath - Mr Craig; Aine Harris - Frieda's friend; Therese Ballantine - smoking nun; Susan Caldwell - nun in staffroom; Barbara Mulcahy - nun in classroom; 5th year class 1992, Cross and Passion Convent, Dublin - Derry schoolgirls; Anne Brogan - biology teacher; Gertie Allen - principal; Cecil Bell - Mr Craig's assistant; Anne McGeown - mother's friend; Ritchie Donnelly - news reader; Billy Doherty - Dermott; Shaun Doherty - Martin; Stephen Burke - Eamonn; Anthony Walsh, Stephen Kingston - coughing rioters; Peter Warnock, Brendan Courtney, Ger Stafford - RUC men; Paul Somers, Jarleth Devaney, Stephen Gault, Nemara Hennigan; Eileen Foyle - rioters; David Butler - arrestee; Tess McDaid, Lena Cooney - housewives, tea; Bernard Walsh - photographer; Hazel Ryan - Deirdre Reilly; Joseph Rorke - farmer; 4th year 1992, St Mary's Convent, Baldoyle - Donegal schoolgirls; Nora Keneghan - nun; Sandra Byrne - squatter; Gregory Byrne, Edel Byrne - children; Mr Byrne - man on street; Jim Furlong - taxi driver; John McKenna, Paul Somers - IRA men; Production Company - Mammoth Films. Made in association with Dublin Institute of Technology, Cornerstone Pictures and Radio Telefis Eireann. With assistance from the Arts Council of Ireland, Film Base/RTE Short Films Award, Cultural Traditions Group, Community Relations Council (Northern Ireland); Producer - Stephen Burke, John McDonnell; Director/screenplay - Stephen Burke; Director of Photography - Donal Gilligan; Art director - Jean Kerr; Editor - Stephen Burke, Paul Fitzgerald; Production Designer - Mark Geraghty, Production Manager - (Derry) Tom Collins; Production Co-ordinator - Paul Donovan, Fran Byrne; Music composed and performed by - Maurice McGrath, songs - 'Bless You' by Laine Baker, 'The Fly' by Madara/While, performed by Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband, 'Georgie Porgie' by Stuart, performed by Dickie Roack and the Miami Showband, 'We Could' by Bryant, 'No One Will Ever Know' by Foree/Rose, performed by Sonny Knowles and the Pacific Showband, 'She Moved Through the Fair' (trad), vocals by Eithne Flynn, arranged by Derek Cronin, 'Walking the Streets in the Rain' by Harrigan/Conlan/Prendergast, performed by Butch Moore and the Capitol Showband; Ist (first) Assistant Director - Robert Quinn; 2nd (second) Assistant Director - Charlotte Somers, Co-2nd (second) Assistant Director - David Byrne; 3rd (third) Assistant Director - Catherine Dunne; Trainee Assistant Director - Daisy Fortune, Tara Mullen; Assistant Art Director - Olwen Weekes; Art Department Trainees - Ronan Callanan, Liz Byrnes; Make-up - Jennifer Hegarty; Costume Designer - Orla O'Brien; Assistant Costume Designer - Eimear Ni Mhaoldomnaigh; Sound Recordist - Damien O'Donnell, Joe Chalmers; Sound Designer - Paul Fitzgerald, Jack 'Mix' Moore; Assistant Sound recordist editor - Siobhan Gardiner, Siobhan O'Shea; (Sound) Dubbing Mixer - Pat Hayes; Assistant (Sound) Dubbing Mixer - Paco Hayes; Mixer Engineer - Neil O'Sullivan, Butch Moore; Engineers - Derek Cronin, Peter Mee, Karen Brady; Location Manager - Dougal Cousins; Continuity - Catherine Morris; Casting by - Ros Hubbard; Video Assistant - John Gleeson; Special Effects - Mick Kearnd, Conor Coughlan; Ist (First) Assistant Cameraperson - P.J. Dillon; 2nd (Second) Assistant Cameraperson - John Moor; Trainee Assistant Cameraperson - Ciaran Burke; Dolly Grip - Harry Purdue; Assisant Grip - Mel Cannon; Gaffer - Brian Sheridan; Electrician - Garret Baldwin, Peter O'Toole, Stephen Bruen, Anthony Comiskey; Armourer - John McKenna; Construction Manager - John Lamon; Carpenter - Barry Cunningham; Painter - Robbie Richardson; Construction Adviser - Russ Bailey; Props - Daragh Lewis; Stills - Dave O'Shea; Assistant Film Editor - Ciaran Burke; Screenplay collaboration - Weekes, Tom Collins; Title Design - Harrison G Purdue, D V O'Dea; Uniforms - Maurice Nagels; Archive Sources - RTE, BBC. Source - Kevin Rockett, The Irish Filmography, Dublin, Red Mountain Press, 1996.


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