Super 8 Stories: Chicago Emigration







30 November 2003 (first transmission)


08min 25sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Eddie Mallon

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The Mallon family decide to leave Newry and 1970s strife-torn Northern Ireland behind for a new life in Chicago, USA. They find a whole new quailty of life and witness one of Elvis Presley's last concerts but finally discovering that their longing to return home to their native country is too strong to resist. Husband and wife, Eddie and Anne, share their memories along with those of their son, Paul. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 1 of Super 8 Stories.


Having emigrated from Newry to Chicago in the USA, a family holiday to Disneyworld in Florida provided the incentive for machine operator, Edward Mallon, to buy a Kodak Super 8 Cine camera to keep a record of his time out there. This included filming one of Elvis Presley’s last concert performances and Edward kept up his hobby when his family subsequently returned to Northern Ireland to take up permanent residence again, often watching his movies with family and friends. Edward still occasionally watches these movies today along with others he has belonging to his uncle “who lived in New York and which show the ships he travelled on”. His favourites, however, are his own which grant him the opportunity of “seeing our sons when they were little and also, of course, seeing Elvis Presley live in Chicago”.

Shot List

Plane on runway at Shannon Airport and view from plane during take-off. Flying over Chicago skyline. Various shots of family in driveway outside new home. Sleighing in the snow and various quick cuts of family. Concert footage of Elvis Presley in 1977. More scenes of children in the snow. Plane taking off. Family back home in Ireland on day trip in the countryside.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - Sion Kerr, Gregg Bailey; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Graphic - Alan Perry; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Johnathan Fetherstone; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editors - Greg Darby, Henry Wood; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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