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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The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community
Documentary 1993 30 mins
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Why box? Is it the thrill of competition, or the lure of commercial riches, the chance to compete at the Olympics, or a simple need to test oneself. This film details the motivations of the Belfast boxing fraternity, as juniors and veterans, amateurs and seasoned professionals disclose their ambitions and the sacrifices they make to achieve them.
This DoubleBand Films Ltd. documentary features a number of notable boxers. Amongst the key contributors are Wayne 'The Pocket Rocket' McCullough, just embarking on a professional career that would see him crowned WBC Bantamweight champion, Dave 'Boy' McAuley, at the time the IBF Flyweight champion, Joe Lowe, an aspiring amateur, and Tom McGaharan the manager of the Immaculata Amateur Boxing Club in west Belfast.
Olympics on Film
Sport 1948 9 mins
Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.
Non-Fiction 1928 4 mins
British Empire Olympic athletes take on the USA in the track and field at Stamford Bridge.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
Sport 1924 91 mins
The real Chariots of Fire heroes feature in this comprehensive look at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Documentary 1968 25 mins Location: Norton
“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.
Dartchery in Taunton
Sport 1968 1 mins Location: Taunton
Dartchery aims for bullseye
The Jewish Community in Ulster
News 1966 22 mins Location: Belfast
Take a rare glimpse into the thoughts and lives of members of Belfast’s Jewish Community during the 1960s.
Tribute to a Great Ulsterman
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Location: Belfast
A statue of Edward Carson, giant of Ulster Unionism, is unveiled at Stormont
Experiments in film by Brian Connolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1984 13 mins Location: Belfast
Watch time becomes an artist's material as the city's landmarks star in a strange choreography of workers, shoppers and builders.
Comedy 1998 11 mins Location: Belfast
Black comedy about a teenage idealist who builds a bomb, hijacks a lorry and sets off on a most peculiar mission.
Comedy 1998 11 mins Location: Belfast
When a bet goes wrong a young man must charm a snake to win back his most treasured possession.
Power in the Blood
Documentary 1989 0 mins Location: Belfast
Gospel singer and preacher travels from his home in Tennessee to Belfast on a mission to bring the healing power of Jesus back to Northern Ireland
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete