The Secret

Details

Location

Year

1973

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

23min 30sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Peter Mc Donald

Rights Holder

Irish Film Archive, Peter Mc Donald

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

Description

What is the great secret carried by the stranger who emerged through the fog and what will it take to make him part with it?

This foreboding allegory tells the tale of a stranger arriving in a land tormented by history. He emerges through the fog with a secret however the warring giants and pygmies are too entrenched in their futile anger to heed his message. What is the great secret this dignified stranger carries and will anyone listen before it is too late?



 

Notes

Terence Mc Donald (1926 – 2001) was a teacher, film historian, film collector and a pioneering amateur filmmaker from Derry. He made 35 films in his lifetime covering a wide range of themes such as mental health, travelling theatre, and portraits of his home town, Derry. His playful fiction films often pay homage to classic cinema moments from Peyton Place to Potemkin, from Chaplin to Jacques Tati. Terence Mc Donald undertook all aspects of production - filming, sound recording and editing and produced a body of remarkably sophisticated work. This film is courtesy of his son Peter Mc Donald.
 

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

A Fairview Films production

Produced by Terence Mc Donald

Directed and Narrated by Hilton Edwards

Written by Cyril Farrell

Music: William Golden, Hasson, Eamon McCreave

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