Twilight Belle

Details

Location

Donegal, Five Finger Strand

Year

1970s

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

13min 40sec

Audio

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

Strange things are washed ashore in this uncanny tale from the north coast of Ireland.

How do you know if you are talking to a ghost? As a woman discovers a bell washed up on Five Finger Strand, an onlooker is reminded of her own encounter with the bell and the strange experiences it evoked. Déjà vu mingles with dreams and blurred memories as the narrator questions the existence of ghosts and tries to recall how she first heard about the wreck of the Twilight. 
 

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 McDonald 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 McDonald.  

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

A Fairview Films Production 

Produced and Directed by Terence Mc Donald

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