“We’ve Come A Long Way” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For The 148th Open At Royal Portrush Featuring Original Poem by Paula Mattews Directed By Marty Stalker.
Produced and Directed by: Marty Stalker
Original Musical Score by: Michael McHale
Narrated by: Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney
“The 148th Open returns to Royal Portush, 14-21 July 2019. To kick off the celebrations, we’re unveiling this short cinematic film, produced by Martin Stalker, to celebrate just how far we’ve come as a leading tourist destination. Set to an original poem by local poet Paula Matthews, the film is narrated by leading actors Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney. The film is accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Belfast-born virtuoso pianist, Michael McHale.”
Excerpts from “We’ve Come A Long Way” by Paula Matthew
A new day dawns
So walk the course
You Know the spot
Line up the shot
Drive through dark hedges
Into the light.
Sunrise where giants make their home
And castles half-fallen into the sea
Emerge again in technicolor
For the whole world.
Past the home place for the laureates
Picking blackberries, pealing spots.
Digging deep into our culture
And the cracks great.
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