Cork Movie Memories - Dan O’Connell and Gwenda Young (Department of Film and Screen Media

Movie Memories, a documentary exploring cinema-going in Cork County, is now available to view online at  and also at

The film is a production of the Cork Movie Memories project, led by Dan O’Connell and Gwenda Young of the Department of Film and Screen Media at UCC, and it was funded by Creative Ireland/Cork County Council and College of Arts, Celtic Studies, Social Sciences.

Produced in 2018, it received its premiere at the Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Cork and had its international debut at the Chicago Irish Film Festival (2019). Since then, it has been screened nationally as part of Access Cinema’s Bealtaine programme (2019), at events for Heritage Week and Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, and at community centres, universities and film clubs, both national and international.

Movie Memories features a host of interviews with cinema-goers from the 1930s to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the significance that cinema (fixed and travelling) had in the lives of rural communities. Filmed in locations throughout the county, the production blends archival material, atmospheric shots of abandoned cinemas, aerial footage of rural Cork and an array of interviews with cinema-goers from across the generations.

Movie Memories is part of a larger research project that seeks to record and research memories of cinema-going and cinemas in County Cork and that has yielded an extensive online archive,; a major Exhibition “Cork Cinemas” at the Cork City Library Grand Parade; conference presentations; and community outreach events

For more details, please see our website or follow us on Twitter @corkmoviememory

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