CINEGAEL/Bob Quinn Films
(Including The Atlantean Quartet, Poitin, Vox Humana, Budawanny, ConTempo Goes West, Cloch,etc.)
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BOB QUINN FILMS (selection)
Drama - The first feature film in the Irish language. With Cyril Cusack, Niall TóibIn and Donal McCann.
Subtitled (Colour, 65 mins) 1977
3 seminal documentaries on Ireland's maritime relationship with the Orient.
Jacob's TV & Film Award (
(Colour, 3 x 50 mins) 1981/84)
Completing the Circle. Via the Baltic and the Russian rivers, the musical connection between the Irish and the Tatars. Also, how Charlemagne would not have existed without Arab silver.
( Colour, 50 mins) (1998)
(Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire) With Seán Bán Breathnach and John Arden.
Drama (Colour, 56 mins) (1975)
With Luke Cauldwell, Audrey Corbett & the Galway Baroque Singers. (2008)
'Stone' - a film evocation of the art of stone carving.
International Art Critics Selection
( Colour, 25 mins) (1975)
Experimental, with painter Brian Bourke
A 'car'toon (Colour, 25 mins) (1976 )
Documentary on the 'Screamers' in Donegal. RTE locked the film in a drawer and refused to show it for 14 years. (Colour, 27 mins) (1979)
(The Last Spark of the Gaeltacht) History of the Civil Rights movement in Galway, with Donncha Ó h-Éallaithe. (Gael Media, Subtitled, 50 mins) (2000)
Renowned investigative journalist Joseph Mac Anthony details how he revealed corruption in the Dublin Planning Process and had to leave Ireland with his family for Canada. In conversation with Bob Quinn. (2006)
(The Emigrant Dance)
For the Irish emigrant masses of the 'fifties the Galtymore ballroom, London was their refuge when the Irish bourgeoisie abandoned them. Why did the emigrants put up with it? In 2005 after over fifty years of service the ballroom was demolished. Where will the coming diaspora dance? With Seosamh Ó Cuaig.
(Gael Media, Colour, subtitled, 50 mins) (2004)
(35mm Colour / B & W, 80 mins) (1994)
The story of the 'Connemaras' & Bishop John Ireland in Minnesota. With Seosamh Ó Cuaig
(Gael Media, Colour, 50 mins) (1997 )
AN CHÉAD LAOCH JAMES BRENDAN CONNOLLY
In 1896 James Brendan Connolly, son of emigrant parents from the Aran Islands won the first athletics* Gold Medal at the Athens Olympics. He also won silver for High Jump and bronze in the Long jump. He later set a world record for the long jump that stood for 13 years. A friend of president Teddy Roosevelt, he developed into a war correspondent and novelist. In his prime he was better known than Rudyard Kipling. This documentary celebrates his life. (colour 50 mins (2003)
* Strictly speaking, the first actual gold medal at the same inaugural Olympics was also won by an Irishman - John Pius Boland - for tennis!
Conamara emigrants in London (AVAILABLE NOW: Fly Tippers)
(Gael Media, 1987)
(with National Film Board of Canada) (1976)
A series of six traditional music documentaries shot on board a Galway sailing boat (
the Hucaer or Bád Mór. Features De Danann, Stockton's Wing, Mary Bergin..Noel Hill,
Tony Linnane, Tomas MacEoin, plus Peadar Lambe (narr): the first Cruinniú na mBáid
in Kinvara. (1979)
With Desmond Fennell. Spirit of the Festival award. Celtic Film Festival
(27 mins) (1980)
Experimental, Puppetry with painter Brian Bourke as well as Malachy Bourke, Jay Murphy, Pádraig Ó Carra.
( Colour, 20 mins) (1981)
Experimental, with composer Roger Doyle
( Colour, 27 mins) (1978)
(The oldest Rock and Roll band in the World visits Conamara.
The beginnings of Atlantean. 30 mins. (1981)
MO BHEALACH FHEIN.
TURF BOATS OF KINVARA. The first Cruinniú na mBáid (1979)
The life of a Vet in Conamara. With Muiris O Scanaill. 30 mins. (1976)
Fáilte go Conamara
The newly restored Atlantean films
are now available on two DVDs in pristine 16:9 format.