In 1988 when John Sayles and I visited friends with kids, every tv was playing a VHS of LAND BEFORE TIME on a loop. Every single house with kids. I said to John, “We have to make a kids movie, just to help out.” I had pestered him for years about making a movie from SECRET OF THE RON MOR SKERRY by Rosalie K. Fry. It was my favorite book when I was 10 – and I suppose it is still my favorite book for kids. Fiona is so brave and persistent. I’m happy to say the book is again in print, recently republished by New York Review Books in a pretty edition, with the original illustrations which we feature in the end credits of the movie. You can order it from your favorite independent bookstore, and when the libraries re-open, many libraries have it too.
More than 30 years later, SECRET OF ROAN INISH is streaming to households that need movies for kids even more than ever. I always loved hearing over the years that families got together to watch the movie again with each other – grandparents, parents, big kids, little kids – for St. Patrick’s Day, or Thanksgiving, or Christmas. This new streaming version has been beautifully restored to be viewed at home on our tv’s and computers
. It’s going to be even more beautiful when we can watch it together in our favorite movie theaters.
Until then, find it on Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Google, and make your way back to Donegal. -Maggie