The Adventurous Hen

Details

Location

Garvagh

Year

1957

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

06min 50sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Waddell Media

Rights Holder

Waddell Media

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

Description

Bella is a farmer who is as mean as get out so her livestock find their own way to help themselves. One hungry hen improves her lot by shoplifting and starts an animal crime wave. While the adventurous hen grows fat the other livestock conspire to burgle a nearby farm. The barnyard meetings and angry mobs might trigger flash backs of the CIA sponsored 1954 animation of Animal Farm. Will crime pay or is the only moral in this tale that E.T. Green’s makes the best deep litter mash?

Notes

Granda is voiced by J. G. Devlin a character actor you might recognise from ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’. The dialogue is written by the shocked shop keeper Joseph Tomelty. He was a prolific writer, actor and theatre manager who strove to bring ordinary speech to the airwaves and stage. During this decade he wrote ‘The Mc Cooeys’ a popular BBC radio comedy drama about working class life. His controversial 1944 play ‘The End House’ wasn’t performed in Northern Ireland until 1993. It addressed what he saw as 'the inhumanity that resulted from the Special Powers Act', an act which allowed indefinite imprisonment without trial in Northern Ireland. This material by E.T. Green is Courtesy of Waddell Media.

Credits

Directed by E Smith-Morris for E.T. Green

Starring Joseph Tomelty and James Devlin

Script by E Smith-Morris with dialogue by Joseph Tomelty 

Produced by Polytechnic Films Limited and W. Erskine Mayne Limited

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