CANCELED: The Secret of Roan Inish

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Recommended for ages 9 & up


Jeni Courtney, Pat Slowey, Dave Duffy, Declan Hannigan,

In this charming film about storytelling and family ties, young Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a remote fishing village in Donegal, Ireland, after her mother’s death. It is there that she is told the family legend of an ancestor who married a Selkie—a creature of Celtic myth that is half human, half seal. As the myths and magic surrounding her family are revealed, Fiona begins to take a more active role in uncovering the mysteries and reclaiming the island they once called home. Cinematography by the celebrated Haskell Wexler brings the story and settings to vivid life.

  • John Sayles
Based On
  • A novel by Rosalie K. Fry

  • Haskell Wexler
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 103 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Samuel Goldwyn Company