One of the highlights of the forthcoming Boyle Arts Festival will be a chance to see a specially extended version of the film presentation, Boyle – Through the Magic Lantern. This film offers a unique glimpse into life in Boyle in days gone by, as seen through the eyes of three local motion picture enthusiasts, Walter Cahill, Gerald Dodd and Jim Duffy.
Boyle –Through the Magic Lantern was very well received when it premiered, during Boyle Arts Festival 2012 and the committee are delighted to present the film again, now that it has been expanded by fascinating new local archive footage.
The film has been compiled and edited by Brendan McGee, with the assistance of the families of the three cameramen and the Irish Film Institute. It takes a look at life in the Boyle area, between the late 1950s and the late 1970s and it will showcase rarely seen colour film footage of events like Summer horse shows, school openings, sports days, local pantomimes, the changing face of the town over the years and the only known movie film of the fire in St. Joseph’s Church, which took place exactly 40 years ago, in 1977.