With the 37th Celtic Media Festival lighting up the town, SGC Dungarvan was delighted to a part of the experience last night. Day one of the festivities saw an engrossing work of filmic art draw a crowd to the cinema as Down Waterford Way brought its story to the big screen.
Part of the Irish Film Institute’s Local Films for Local People project, Down Waterford Way is a fascinating trip down memory lane, looking back on local events that occurred down through the years.
Introduced by Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute, Down Waterford Way lit up the screen last night, featuring a programme of films about Waterford selected from the collections of the IFI Irish Film Archive collection at Celtic Media Festival 2016. Dating from the 1950s to the 1970s, the programme included the following footage: a montage of Amharc Éireann newsreels with stories about herring fishing at Dunmore, winter beagling at Tallow and the 1957 Flea Ceoil at Dungarvan; Water Wisdom – a charming public information film made in Ring in 1962; Louis Marcus’ luminous, Academy Award-nominated Conquest of Light about the craftsmen of Waterford Glass; that All Ireland Senior Hurling victory in 1959; and The One Nighters, Peter Collinson’s affectionate documentary following the road-trip adventures of Waterford’s The Royal Showband fronted by ‘Ireland’s Elvis’ Brendan Bowyer.
A thoroughly enjoyable, nostalgia filled night for all, and one which SGC Dungarvan was very happy to be a part of.
The Celtic Media Festival continues until tomorrow, Friday 22nd April, with plenty more events, including the Reception for Premiere of films from the Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media 2016 which is taking place here in SGC Dungarvan between 1pm and 3pm today.