International praise for Derry Halloween film

Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08
Derry's Guildhall lights up as the city's annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival drew to a close back in 2008 Picture Martin McKeown. 31.10.08
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A bi-lingual film about the Halloween Carnival in Derry is now being used on courses in Irish Studies and is embedded on dozens of websites world-wide, those behind the projet have revealed.

The next step for those behind the project is to submit it to festivals such as the Berlin Short Film festival.

Professor Kevin O’Neill at Boston College described it as “a great ‘conversation’ between the ancient world, the 1980s and the present.”

Clare Downham, senior lecturer on M.A. in Irish Studies at Liverpool University meanwhile said it is “good for provoking discussion on heritage and culture and the students liked it”.

It is also being used on similar M.A. courses at St. Mary’s University College, London and Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.

The film is now embedded on diverse websites, from American Folklore Society, Irish language sites, Institute of Archaeologists in Ireland to the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and the Budapest Centre for Irish Studies.

Participants in Derry's Halloween Parade back in 2007.

Participants in Derry's Halloween Parade back in 2007.

Nearer to home, it is on Derry’s Fóram Phobal na Gaeilge.

The film, Spiorad na Samhna - Spirit of Samhain - traces origins of Ireland’s biggest Halloween Carnival in Derry back to troubled years of 1980s. It also traces origins of Halloween itself to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Dr. Jenny Butler from the Folklore Department of University College, Cork narrates this.

Film uses footage from spectacular 2013 Inferno show, produced by LUXe, based in Donegal.

It is directed by Dessie Baker and edited by Ciara Ní Fhearghail.

Aileen McGuinness, Niamh McCay, Caitlin Thompson and Emer Thompson in the Guildhall during the childrens activities organised by Derry City  Council back in 2009. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

Aileen McGuinness, Niamh McCay, Caitlin Thompson and Emer Thompson in the Guildhall during the childrens activities organised by Derry City Council back in 2009. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

The script is by Dr. Seán Ó Duinnshléibhe.

The Derry interviews with Tony Toland, Paul Kerr and Damian McAteer were filmed by Chris McAlinden and Fiachra Ó Longain of CMore Films.

The project was developed out of a film making course, run by Nemeton TV and funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The film can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/101398600 or here on this page.

The Smurfs, including Papa Smurf and Smurfette dancing in the streets of Derry back in 2007.

The Smurfs, including Papa Smurf and Smurfette dancing in the streets of Derry back in 2007.