Seoda: Irish Film Archive Films to Air on TG4

| September 24, 2008

Seoda is a new series of films from the Irish Film Archive that will be broadcast on TG4 this Autumn, starting this Wednesday 24th September. The series features of newly-restored works which have been selected from thousands of films preserved in the national collection for their cultural and entertainment value. The series will go out from Wednesday 24th September at 9pm on TG4 and on 7 consecutive Wednesdays thereafter until Wednesday 12th November. Repeats are on Friday nights from Friday 26th September, and on 7 consecutive Fridays thereafter until Friday 14th November 2008.

Seoda offers a glimpse of Irish life and times from 1948-1970: President Kennedy on his 1963 cavalcade visiting Dublin, Wexford and Galway; the last tram from Howth in the company of Cyril Cusack; the bustle of 1950s Dublin (Portrait of Dublin) and the quietly abandoned village of Crookhaven in Cork. There’s also traditional music keenly observed by Louis Marcus in Flea Ceoil. The eleven films in the series cover a broad range of topics including emigration, politics, personal saving, TB, diphtheria and architecture. The programme themes are deeply rooted in Irish culture, heritage and experience and many are presented here as Gaeilge.

Introductions to the programmes have been written by Ireland’s leading documentary historian Dr Harvey O Brien and are presented in Irish by highly-respected actor Niall Toibin. The series, produced by the Irish Film Institute and IFI Curator Sunniva O’Flynn in collaboration with Lotus Films, is distinguished by the technical excellence of the archival images – all of the titles have undergone meticulous pictorial and audio restoration from original film formats using the latest transfer technologies.

Funded by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland as part of the Sound and Vision Scheme and by TG4. The IFI is funded by the Arts Council.

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