Devil's Rock

Details

Location

Cushendun

Year

1937

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

35mm

black and white

Length

50min 56sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Richard Hayward Estate

Rights Holder

National Museums NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Join Sam Mulhern for some North Coast devilment.

Will new open-air microphone technology give Richard Hayward the chance to silence his critics? Watch as Cushendun and Bangor steal the show.

Enjoy the somewhat haphazard story of Sam Mulhern, played by Richard Hayward, in his attempts to put on a concert as well as save a young girl from drowning. Though the film was initially criticised for its amateurish storytelling and editing it still provides a landmark in Irish cinema as the first film to be made entirely on location in Ulster starring a full Irish cast. Don’t forget to look out for Roger Casement’s brother Tom as he robs the box office of Bangor’s Tonic Cinema.

 

Notes

Richard Hayward was an energetic actor, producer, singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author. He sought to highlight Northern Ireland as it was, with a focus on local accents, songs and landscape. The Cinematograph Films Act of 1927, provided incentive for low budget local films to be made called 'quota quickies'. This gave Hayward the opportunity to delve into the world of filmmaking. He lived up to his mantra ‘Irish players for Irish parts,’ casting actors that spoke with authentic Ulster accents. The act effectively ended in 1938 and with it Hayward’s feature film aspirations. However through his efforts and love of Ulster, the film industry of Northern Ireland was born.

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

A Richard Hayward Production

Directed by Germain Burger

Script by Victor Haddick

Cast: Sam Mulhern (Richard Hayward), Mrs Muggins (Nancy Cullen), Charles Fagan, Geraldine Lamour (Geraldine Mitchell), John Browne (Terence Grainger), Veronica Lamour (Gloria Grainger)

Photography: S.D. Onions

Editor: Kenneth Rick

Continuity: Meta Granger

Musical Arrangement: Richard Hayward

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