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Transatlantic Cable – IDA Ireland

Valentia Island, County Kerry is the home to one of the most fascinating stories in communications history. 150 years ago, the first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid between Ireland and Newfoundland, heralding a new era of communication between Europe and America. In partnership with IDA Ireland, The Transatlantic Cable Foundation are campaigning for the landing site at Valentia Island to receive UNESCO World Heritage status. indiepics was commissioned to bring the incredible story of the First Transatlantic Cable alive through a short documentary film.

Visiting Valentia Island, we captured footage of the cable station and breathtaking local landscape. We brought the wealth of historical images to life for film using the cinemagraph technique – a subtle way of animating images to create movement. The film is now being used internationally to bring the Valentia Island story to a wider audience.