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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England team struggle with deplorable weather conditions in Belfast.
Non-Fiction 1927 1 mins Silent
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The first international of the season would prove a damp squib for the away team, England losing 2-0 on a sodden pitch to a solid Ireland team. From the opening shots, it's clear that the public haven't been put off by the fierce rain, supporters thronging the stadium. Note the group of young Fred Astaires dancing in the rain. As the teams come out for kick-off, we see the old Windsor Park terraces.
Things would only get worse for the England team after this opening fixture. They would go on to finish the 1927-28 Home Championship in bottom spot, losing all three games, most notable a 5-1 home drubbing at the hands of Scotland's 'Wembley Wizards'. Ireland fared somewhat better, finished second as they won two of their three games - a sole defeat coming at the hands of eventual champions, Wales.
Football on Film
George Best at 21
News 1968 7 mins Location: Belfast
Flush on wages of £160 per week, George Best ponders money in the game, the pressures of fame and his footballing future.
Cumbria Local Newsreel Compilation
Non-Fiction 1911 13 mins Silent Location: Workington
A fascinating compilation of local topical footage from Workington.
International Association Match. England v. Wales. Played at Wrexham, March 11th, 1912
Non-Fiction 1912 5 mins Silent Location: Wrexham/Wrecsam
Action shots of the great Billy Meredith, the ‘Prince of Wingers’, the legendary soccer star who played for Manchester City, Manchester United and Wales.
Plymouth Argyle v Cardiff City
Sport 1976 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Argyle's Mariner scores in front of Bobby Robson
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Professional footballers answer the call of duty and get in training; many would go on to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
Newsview Young World: Day in the Life of Sunderland AFC Manager George Hardwick
News 1964 5 mins Location: Sunderland
A day in the life of stylish “Gentleman George” Hardwick, the new manager of Sunderland Football Club.
Disabled Access in Belfast City Centre
News 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Join Belfast’s first female Lord Mayor and reconsider how disabled people navigate the streets of Belfast.
Talking Telephone for the Deaf
News 1976 7 mins Location: Belfast
Witness Northern Ireland’s first telecommunications device for Deaf people
See You Monday
News 1977 16 mins Location: Belfast
Members of the Deaf community share their experiences of working in Belfast factories.
Year of the Disabled
Documentary 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Counterpoint explores how government policy measures up to the reality of the country’s mobility needs.
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 Silent Location: Belfast
A statue of Edward Carson, giant of Ulster Unionism, is unveiled at Stormont
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.