Unicorn Films was formed in the mid 1990s.
In 1994 “Coveted Prize” Written filmed and Directed by Aidan Doyle was produced with members of Portmarnock Drama and Musical Society and was awarded one of Britain’s Top Ten Amateur film awards. It also won a drama award at the ‘Guernsey Lily International Film Festival’ 1995.
As one of Britain’s Top Ten Winning entries the same year. It was packaged as part of a nationwide tour of film clubs and film societies throughout Britain.
Aidan continued to Produce and Direct local heritage and historical films such as.
“Howth Portrait of a Peninsula” (1995) Narrator Pat Mc Teigue “York:City of Medieval Charm” (1996) Narrator Bernard Walton
“Malahide Castle to the Velvet Strand” (1998) Narrator Barbara Woolfson-Doyle
Taking early retirement from teaching in 2000 he devoted his time to Unicorn Films.
“Dublin Medieval Charm Georgian Splendour’’(2001) Presenter/Narrator Cathal O’ Shannon (RTE)
* Best Documentary Cork International Film/Arts Festival 2001 *
“York City of Historic Splendour ”(2002/2003)
Narrator Cathal O’ Shannon (RTE / BBC / Sky History Channel)
“Ghost Tales of York” (2006)
Filmed and Produced by Aidan Doyle-Unicorn Films / Writer/Director Bernard Walton.
Adam Tomlinson of ‘BBC Radio York’ described “Ghost Tales of York” as the best Ghost DVD produced on York ” The Guardian newspaper review awarded a 63% rating.
“York & its Attractions The Inside Story” (2011) Narrator Gordon T Ledbetter
In 2011 Aidan recruited Prize winning Author and Award winning Broadcaster Gordon T Ledbetter to Narrate “York & its Attractions The Inside Story”
“Dublin & its Attractions An Essential Guide”(2013) Presenter/Narrator Gordon T Ledbetter. Filmed/ Produced and Directed by Aidan Doyle for the travel industry in Ireland. It is available in most Dublin Visitor Attractions, Record shops and Book shops.
“York Historic Capital of the North” (2015) Presenter/Narrator Michael Portillo
In 2014. Aidan’s Company Unicorn Films acquired the professional services of Michael Portillo (BBCs“Great British Railway Journeys”-”Great Continental Railway Journeys”) to Present/Narrate “York Historic Capital of the North” currently on general DVD release and for Tv acquisition.
“Ireland Great Visitor Attractions”2016 -2017 Presenter/Narrator Gordon T Ledbetter
The programme was an acquired by Aer Lingus and screened on all international flights in and out of Ireland.durind the Summer and Autumn 2017.
“Dublin and her Trams -An Unfinished Journey” currently in post production,,,,,
”Powerscourt – The Jewel in Ireland’s Crown” 2018 Presenter Gordon T Ledbetter Available for tv acquisition and streaming.
Gordon T. Ledbetter – GTL Media
Writer, broadcaster & designer
MA, ARIAM, MGLDA
Member of the Garden & Landscape Designers’ Association
Hon. member of International Waterlily & Water Plant Soc.
Member of Hall of Fame of IWGS for services to international design
The Great Irish Tenor Zampano Productions
”Dublin & its Attractions An Essential Guide”.-Unicorn Films 2013 ”York & its Attractions The Inside Story’ Unicorn Films 2012 ”Ireland Great Visitor Attractions.’ ‘Unicorn Films 2016-2017 ”Powerscourt The Jewel in Ireland’s Crown”. -Unicorn Films 2018
Some public & private projects
Parks & Theme parks:
Public Butterfly Park: Singapore (Singapore Government & Tourist Board grant aided)
Public Park: Penang, Malaysia (Grant aided: Malaysian government)
Theme park Stratford on Avon Co. Co. grant aided
Edinburgh Butterfly House (Tourist Board grant aided)
Sensory garden Leopardstown Park Hospital
K Club & Glen of the Downs Golf Clubs – planting & design Delta, Carlow: sensory gardens for residential day care centre Designs for Castlecomer Discovery Park
Chief designer & director: National Garden Exhibition Centre, Co. Wicklow Grange Castle, Co. Kildare (restoration project) in assoc. with Ducas Fountain Clock, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
Millennium Park: A Garden of Time, Youghal Co. Co.. EU grant aided ‘Ireland through the Ages’, scale model theme park exhibition, Co. Wicklow Lakes: His Excellency Sheik Mohammed Maktoumb; Dr Michael Smurfit etc Wildlife lakes: Ryewater Nursery, Dorset; Kildare, Wicklow etc Garden for disabled Emo, Portlaoise
Garden of Remembrance St Thomas’ Church (Cemetery)
Fountain c 20 metres in height Lyons Hse, Co. Dublin.
Founding member of IWGS (The International Water Lily & Water Plant Society), the official taxonomic body for Nymphaea & Nuphar
IWGS: Hall of Fame member for services to international design & writing
Patent design: Le Batre Fountain Clock
6 books including:
- The Great Irish Tenor (Duckworth/Scribners Sons)
- Water Gardens (Alphabooks & Norton)
- Giardini d’Acqua – come disegnare, costruire, mantenere
- Un laghetto, uno stagno, una vasca (A&C Black, M&B Padova) Patios & Ponds (BWG & A&C Black) Privilege and Poverty Collins Press
- Lectures incl:
- Longwood Gardens USA, keynote address WLS
- Oregon water symposium keynote speaker
- Royal Horticultural Soc of Ireland
- Royal Horticultural Society Wisley UK
- National Botanic Gdns, Glasnevin, Dublin
Niall is a digital imaging and video specialist with an educational & work background in the Multimedia industry, providing services to the private & public sectors. Projects include working with independent filmmakers, tv presenters, musicians , media agencies, government, community services.
York and its Attractions – The Inside Story, (2011)
Video Editing, Audio Editing, Graphics Animation, Disc Authoring.
Dublin and its Attractions – An Essential Guide, (2014)
Video Editing, Audio Editing & Recording, Graphics Animation. Disc Authoring.
York Historic Capital of the North, (2015)
Video Editing, Audio Editing. Graphics Animation. Disc Authoring
Ireland – Great Visitor Attractions (2016)
Video Editing, Audio Editing. Disc Authoring