Director: Ralph Nelson

105 minutes| U.K.| 1971| Colour

This film screened 14th March 2010.

Our monthly screening, bringing you and your young film fans some of the best family films from around the world.

This month’s family screening, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Festival, is Flight of the Doves, a lively adaptation of Walter Macken’s novel. In this heartwarming, funny, often suspenseful story, two runaway children, Finn Dove (Jack Wilde) and Derval Dove (Helen Raye), flee from a cruel British stepfather to their Irish grandmother in Galway. They encounter a host of evil characters along the way (many of them played by Ron Moody) and have some fun at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade where they join a cosmopolitan group of marchers to sing You Don’t Have to be Irish to be Irish. The film’s most memorable musical number however must be the haunting Far Off Place sung by Sheila, a peasant girl, played by a young Dana Rosemary Scallon, fresh from her Eurovision success.

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