The Outcasts (1982)


Fantasy drama about a young girl’s discovery of her own magic powers through contact with Scarf Michael, a mysterious wedding fiddler whose playing causes fear and hallucinations wherever it is heard.

Director: Robert Wynne-Simmons.
Writer: Robert Wynne-Simmons.
Stars: Paul Bennett, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Cyril Cusack, Brendan Ellis, Don Foley, Gillian Hackett, Tom Jordan, Mick lally, Donal O’Kelly, Hilary Reynolds, Mary Ryan, Brenda Scallon, James Shanahan, Mairtín Ó’Flathearta.


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  1. Steves
    November 2, 2018

    Outstanding stuff you’ve been putting up, Jon!!!!! Big cheers!

  2. Mark C
    October 6, 2019

    Beautiful film. Thanks for uploading Jon!

  3. Biff Whipster
    December 26, 2019

    I recorded this film on video from when it was aired on Channel 4. It gave me a love of folklore, myth and folk music that has lasted almost 40yrs. I lost all my old tapes about 15yrs ago. At the time I am sure I read online that the original recording had been lost and so I thought I’d never get to see this film again. I can’t believe every scene and word is exactly as I recall. This film is quite possibly the most important film I ever saw. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Manu
    March 2, 2020

    Thanks a lot for downlowding this wonderful mystic film about small villages , prejudices and mystic tellings!!! I am glad to find this wonderful at, becauce it doesn´ t exist a DVD . I saw this film formertimes at the Leeds Filmfestival in the nineties. Thanks a lot Jon!!!

  5. April 20, 2020

    Kudos for uploading this. Modern Ireland has forgotten this film and it needs to be preserved.

  6. John
    August 1, 2021

    Been looking for this for a few years having seen it on channel 40 or so years ago. Still a classic film. At the time i saw the film ilived in London and didn’t know that i would one day settle in Ireland… After 20 years here and a naturalised Irish citezen the film means so much more than it fid back then. Thanks for uploading and sharing?

  7. David
    December 19, 2022

    I saw this on RTE when it first came out and have looked forward to seeing it again. Now I have and I did BUT the Channel 4 edit seems to have rejigged the ending and removed the gut punch from the original. I guess it was for those that require an ‘ending’, personally I prefer the question mark that hangs for a few days after viewing. Still a hauntingly good film.

  8. Clare La Feber-Toolis
    December 29, 2022

    I saw this on Channel 4, around 1982 I think and was blown away by it. Searched for it over the years, and had heard that it was lost, so I am delighted to see it available again. This haunting film really stuck with me over the years.

  9. Gladys Horkins
    January 28, 2024

    I have been intrigiued by this film for 40 years…I am aware that is is fictional..however there comes across that the writer has his own beliefs/visions of what may lie ahead for those who ‘want to know’ Mary Ryan said in the film. I feel sure some members of the cast must have talked/questioned the writer re: the story..the journey of the film albeit fictional. It’s a facinating film…just watched it again for second time after forty years…still grabs me.
    Thank you to the person who made this film available to me

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