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Production companyCrescendo Concepts
Sablegrange Ltd
Radio Telefís Éireann/RTE
Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hEireann
Country of originIreland
ProducerLENTIN, Louis
DirectorLENTIN, Louis
Script/AdaptationLENTIN, Louis
PhotographyDORNEY, Peter
Sound recordingCARROLL, Darby
EditingAndréasSon, Jörgen
Executive producerStoneman, Rod (Bord Scannán Na hEireánn)
Music performanceMURPHY, Paul
GRACE, Barry
Ear Two Ear
NarratorHOGAN, Bosco
CastMary Moynihan, Peggy Hannon (Anna West), Emmanuel Eke (Ariwodo Kalunta), Zoe Dunbar, Jasmine Quinlan, Noreen Brady (Christine), Jean Rooney (Miss Berry), Ruth O'Connell (first teenager), Mide Ní Bhriain (second teenager), Tani Benlis (nun), Ber O'Hara (redhaired lady), Caroline Walsh (nurse), Claire O'Reilly, Juliette Rahill, Aoife Doyle, Emer O'Keefe, Eoin Bell, Elizabeth Bell, Yvonne Flynn, Declan Flynn, Sara Cambell, Ruth Cambell, Kathy Stokes (Children), Marie Ni Chinsealach (Secretary), Pat Reilly (Granny Martin), Frank Melia (Danny Martin), Margaret Twomey (Sr. Gabriel) Goldenbridge girls: Ann Armstrong, Julie Cooney, Shelia Doyle, Bernadette Fahy, Caroline Hunt, Kathleen O'Neill
Production date1996
TX channelRTE 1
TX date22/02/1996
SummaryThe unwanted child from a relationship between a Nigerian medical student and a married Dublin woman, Christine Buckley was abandoned at three weeks and subsequently brought up in Goldenbridge orphanage where life for her and other children like her, was pure hell. The traumatic experiences of Christine Buckley at the Goldenbridge Orphanage and on her subsequent search for her birth parents who left her in the care of the institution. The film features dramatic reconstruction's. Notable for having initiated a wave of allegations and investigations in other religious and secular caring institutions. The Sisters of Mercy added a rider to the programme which offered psychological counseling to victims of abuse.
NoteThis programme was awarded the Creative Excellence Award at the US International Film and TV Festival 1996.
Nomination for Social and Political Documentary, Banff Television Festival, 1996.
ReferenceIT, March 1996
FormatDigital Video
Production creditsp.c: Cresendo Concepts in conjunction with Sablegrange Ltd for Radio Telefís Eireann, p/d: Louis Lentin, Goldenbridge Girls: Ann Armstrong, Julie Cooney, Shelia Doyle, Bernadette Fahy, Caroline Hunt, Kathleen O'Neill; thanks to: Sr. Catherine Dooley and the Goldenbridge Community of the Sisters of Mercy; Narrator: Bosco Hogan, m: Paul Murphy/Barry Grace at Ear Two Ear; legal advisor: Eugene Fanning at Arthur Cox, accnt.: Declan Lernihan at GLD, ward.: Vera Patterson, p.dsgn.: Gerry O'Donovan, p.m.: Patricia Canning, elec: Maurice Swan, Terry Mulligan, John McCullagh, Martin Holland: casting: Dorothy Mac Gabhann, Rosary Beads: Ann Armstrong, therapist: Bernadette Fahy, sound mix: Paddy Gibbons at Avondale, a.c.: Oisín Kelly, Jo Gibney, s: Darby Carroll, Pat Hayes, light.c.: Peter Dorney, Nick O'Neill, ed.: Jörgen Andréason, post production facility: Post 22. Produced with the assistance of Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board; exec. Producer for Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board: Rod Stoneman, p/d: Louis Lentin; A Cresendo Concept in conjunction with Sablegrange Ltd for Radio Telefís Eireann 1996, col, 42 mins, TX 02/1996.
Genre/CategoryTV Documentary
KeywordsGoldenbridge Orphanage
State Institutions
Sexual Abuse
Institutional Abuse
Catholic Church
Child Abuse
Christine Buckley
Sisters of Mercy

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