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Specimens 1982

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Specimens 1982

15 mins Northern Ireland

A true sci-fi extravaganza, Specimens is one of the most ambitious films that the brothers made. Switching from the Stone Age to the present day, it features intricate sets and models and an explosive set-piece filmed in Ballymagowan Quarry. As with a number of their other creations, Specimens bagged the brothers a 10 of The Best, World Amatuer Film of the Year prize at the British Film Institute, a feat they achieved at least 10 times between 1965 and 1985.

Twin brothers Roy and Noel Spence have been making films like this for over fifty years; with subjects including crafty leprechauns, creatures from outer space, fifties rock 'n' rollers and the undead. You can enjoy many of these fantastical creations on BFI player. This film is courtesy of Roy Spence and is held in the Irish Film Archive.

Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for teachers, students, historians and anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover all aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage.

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