Kalem Film Company

Kalem Film Company
Events
In the early years of the twentieth century, Beaufort became home to a thriving film industry when the Kalem Film Company of America decided to use the Beaufort Bar as their base for four seasons of filming between the years of 1911 and 1914. During this period, over seventy feature films were produced, each of about 20 minutes duration, which was the norm at the time.

The films were all based on Irish themes, and the early movies were often stories about the trials and dangers of Irish rebels, with titles such as "Ireland the Oppressed", "Rory O'Moore" and "Robert Emmet". As the films became extremely popular the powers that be became increasingly worried that they could spark an uprising, and pressurised the company into agreeing that future themes would be more romantic, giving rise to movies such as "The Colleen Bawn", "A letter from America", "The Irish Emigrant" and "The Fishing Maid of Ballydavid