Dah Dit Dah

Dah Dit Dah

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Belfast, St. Dominic's High School




17/07/1996 (repeat transmission)


14min 57sec










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Twelve year old Kay Flannagan learns morse code from her widowed father, a lonely radio ham. In 1970s Belfast their house is a cosy world of soldering irons, messages over the ether and faulty televisions. One day a rival for Dad's affections shatters their symbiosis.


Made as part of the BBC's Northern Lights series. Won the Best Short in the 'Northern Lights' category at the Irish World Heritage Film Awards at the Kino Film Festival of New Irish Cinema in Manchester (March 1997); One of the short films selected as Best of the Fest at the Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival in August 1996.


Cast – Kay Flanagan – Colette Lennon; Colm Flanagan – Lorcan Cranitch; Yvonne Quinn – Zara Turner; Emma – Finola Croarkin; Juliet – Deborah Salters; Gillian – Brid Owens; School Class – St Dominic’s High School; TV inserts – Blue Peter, James Burke, Laredo; Production Manager (Belfast) – Clem Leneghan; Production Manager (London) – Beth Sanders; Production Co-ordinator – Siobhan Morris; Location Assistant – Paul Largan; 1st (first) Assistant Director – Brendan Byrne; 2nd (second) Assistant Director - Colin McKeown; 3rd (third) Assistant Director – Becky Simpson; Continuity – Sabine Wührer; Driver / runner – Stephen McKee; Focus Puller – Baz Irvine; Clapper Loader – Damian Elliot; Grip – Glyn Harrison; Gaffer – Harry Dinsmore; Electrician – John McCartney; Costume – Angela McGahan, Kerry Gooding; Wardrobe Assistant – Emma Calvert; Make-up – Pamela Smyth; Art Director – Dick Bird; Art Department Assistant – Liam O’Donnel; Original Artwork – Jacqui Rodger; Stills Photographer – Jill Jennings; Sound Recordist – Deke Thompson; Boom Operator – Simon Wood; Sound Editor – Doug Hansel; Assistant Editor – Doug Hansel; Assistant Editor – Eva Weber; Editing Trainee – Karen Yeaman; Re-recording Mixers – Hugh Strain, Michael Boggis; Music performed by – Anthony Kerr, Tim Garland; Music Producer – Harvey Brough; Titles – Filmoptic; Negative Cutting – Trucut; Laboratory – Metrocolor; Moviecam cameras and lenses – Sammy’s; Lighting and Grip Equipment – Light Grip; Production Designer – Peter Gordon; Composer – Anthony Kerr; Editor – Jaime Estrada Torres; Director of Photography – Joachim Bergamin L.; Executive Producers – Steve Brookes, Robert Cooper; Producer – Ben Woolford; Writer and Director – N G Bristow; A Tall Stories Production for BFI Productions and BBC NI. Developed with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Film Council. Supported from the proceeds of the Northern Ireland Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.



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