WE CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ExTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT OF THE DAWN.
Director Tom Coopers’ family, many of whom are Cork-based, join us for this special anniversary screening.
Filmed in Killarney, Co. Kerry, during 1934 and 1935, The Dawn was the very first full-length indigenous Irish sound feature film. Capturing the glamour, romance and tragedy of the War of Independence, the film was made with an all-amateur cast of 250 locals, who worked their way through Sundays and holidays to create what has been hailed as one of the most remarkable films made in Ireland.
Directed by and starring Tom Cooper, a Killarney garage and cinema owner, The Dawn is a landmark achievement in Irish filmmaking and a testament to his inspiration and vision in creating this breathtaking piece of history.
The Dawn stands as a remarkable project, a labour of love created with passion and ambition…under the direction of the astute and resourceful Tom Cooper. – Michael Dwyer, The Irish Times.