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The Colleen Bawn

Irish Culture, Entertainment, Short Film
The Kalem Film Company of America
41mins 44secs

Silent w/ Eng Intertitles
4:3, 35mm, B&W

The Colleen Bawn is an ambitious story that evolves from a simple rural tale to a complex narrative of social class, love, murder and deception.

The film is Inspired by the true events of the 1819 murder of 15 year-old Ellen Scanlan in Co Clare, and based on the 1860 play of the same name by Dion Boucicoult.

On the brink of financial disaster, Mrs Cregan hatches a plan to regain her social status and wealth through an arranged marriage for her son, Hardress. His heart longs for a poor farmer’s daughter, The Colleen Bawn, and they decide to marry in secret. However, realising the impact this marriage has had on his family’s fortune he plans to free himself from this union by having his bride killed.

The film uses the beautiful rural locations of Co Kerry to great advantage.

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