Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll

Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll

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12min 00sec




black and white


Northern Ireland Screen


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A toe-tappin' rock 'n' roll rebel meets terror from beyond our dimension! Set in Northern Ireland, 1958, Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll looks at what happens when a space ship lands in a rural community. The film draws on (and subverts) conventions of 1950s Sci-Fi and B-movies and American teen life. Nods to Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, Grease, and also to the work of the Spence Bros (Roy and Noel Spence supply the Special Effects).


The title is taken from the 1957 Rockabilly novelty hit record 'Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll' by Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men. O'Hanlon's rendition of the song, is performed by producer Michael Hughes.

Director of Photography, Seamus McGarvey went on to establish himself as a world-renowned cinematographer. Notable credits include High Fidelity (2000), The Name of This Film is Dogme95 (2000), Atonement (2007), Avengers Assemble (2012) and Godzilla (2014).

Produced as part of Premiere

Series 1 (1997); Awards include - Best Black and White Short at Cork Film

Festival, Ireland (October 1997); Second Prize Fantasy Short at San Sebastian,

Spain (October 1997); Best European Short at Brussels International Film

Festival (February 1998); Best European Short at Fantasporto, Oporto Film

Festival (February 1998); Best of the North Award at the Kino Festival of Irish

Cinema, Manchester (March 1998); Jury Award at the Celtic Film and Television

Festival, Tralee (April 1998); Silver Hugo in the Short Film Category at the

Chicago Film Festival (October 1998)



Cast - Ardal O'Hanlon; Tara Costello; Joe Rooney; Tim Loane; Gordon Fulton; Derek Halligan; Mark Mulholland; Production Company - Cousins Pictures; Executive Producer - Colin McKeown; Screenplay (writer) - Mik Duffy, Enda Hughes; Producer - Michael Hughes; Director - Enda Hughes; Director of Photography - Seamus McGarvey; Film Editor - Declan Byrne; Production Designer - Denis O'Hare; Wardrobe - Clare McErlean; Make-up - Pamela Smythe; Assistant Director - Peter Richey; Production Manager - Helen Murray; Production Assistant - Brenda Carvey; Choreography - Alan Clarke, Nicola Curry; Special Affects -Roy Spence, Noel Spence; Script Supervisors - Kirsten Peryer, Roisin Starkey; Focus Puller - Richie Donnelly; Sound Recordist - David Starkey; Boom Operator - Paco Hayes; Re-recording Mixer - Ian Burns; Gaffer - Brian Livingstone; Key Grip - Roy Harrison. A Premiere Film funded by Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission and Ulster Television, with the participation of British Screen.



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