Celtic Media Festival 2018
2-4 May 2018 2-4 May 2018

Oíche Chaillte an tSeanchaí

Arts documentary telling the story behind Oidhche Sheanchais, the first Irish language talkie ever made. Also the only film ever made of the living seanchaí tradition, then on its deathbed. Shot in a London studio rather than an Aran cottage, Robert Flaherty directed the 11 minute short in 1934 while completing his classic, Man of Aran. It features an Aran seanchaí telling a fireside story to fellow islanders. Missing for decades, a print was discovered in Harvard University in 2013. In this documentary, film historians, folklorists and islanders explore the making of Oidhche Sheanchais and reflect on its value today.



Festival
Douglas 2017
Title
Oíche Chaillte an tSeanchaí
Title in English
The Lost Night of the Storyteller
Entry Category
Arts
Produced By
C-Board Films
Production Partners
BAI, TG4
Writer
Kieran Concannon
Broadcaster
TG4