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The Horgan Brothers Collection: CLOCK TOWER ANIMATION

Amateur, History, Irish Culture
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The Horgan Brothers



The Youghal Clock Tower is a light hearted and playful exploration of the possibilities of animation in its infancy. In this short the well-known landmark is depicted dancing into frame as the clock gate comes to life, spinning and dancing through the main street of the Cork town. It should be noted that 1910 is the film’s estimated date of production; while it dates from this period, the exact year is unknown. It is likely that James Horgan was one of the earliest animators in Irish film history, as he experimented with film production techniques including stop-motion animation and the use of models, as well as retouching still photographs.

The Horgan Brothers’ films (1910- 1920) are some of the earliest moving images made in Ireland. The Brothers were photographers who turned their attention to the moving image, eventually opening a cinema in their home town of Youghal, Co. Cork. It was here they screened their newsreel style actuality films, which they named the Youghal Gazette.

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Notes by Experimental Film Club.

With kind permission from Jim Horgan.