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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Beware as the all-consuming creature from outer space embarks on a rampage of horror and death in this World Amateur Film of The Year.
Science Fiction 1975 21 mins
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A drive-in movie, inquisitive sheriff, bikers, teenagers and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, Twentieth Century American culture is quirkily recreated in this knowing tribute to The Blob. Ever ingenious, local filmmakers The Spence Brothers utilised local resources and nearby locations such as Carrickmannon Lake and the Comber bypass to recreate the glamour and excitement of faraway America.
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.
Science Fiction 2014 mins
In this spectacular and unusual sci-fi short commissioned by the European Space Agency, a young apprentice in the art of terraforming planets is given a tutorial by her enigmatic master.
Comedy 1911 6 mins Silent
A leisurely drive turns into an out-of-this-world adventure for a newlywed couple and their robot chauffeur.
Man Returns from Space
1961 20 mins
The USSR and the world react to the return of Yuri Gagarin from his first manned space flight on 12th April 1961.
A Message from Mars
Science Fiction 1913 60 mins Silent
Britain's first full-length science fiction feature has been restored by the BFI National Archive and given a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC.
Peter and the Moon Man
Children's 1929 14 mins Silent
The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.
Documentary 1957 4 mins
A propaganda film from 1957 detailing USSR’s experiments with satellites as it stood on the cusp of space exploration.
The Tomb of Frankenstein
Science Fiction 1964 26 mins Location: Comber
A strange old hermit uses witchcraft to give life to the Frankenstein monster. Will the creature be his instrument of revenge, or will it turn on its creator?
Along the Milky Way
Sponsored film 1979 11 mins Location: Comber
A bottle of milk tells its story in this charming educational film from the Milk Marketing Board for Northern Ireland.
The Coming of the Black Dawn
Horror 1965 25 mins Location: Newtownards
Something sinister this way comes in one of The Spence Brothers earliest films.
Documentary 1979 8 mins Location: Comber
One of the most quaint cinemas you're ever likely to see, The Tudor is a loving recreation of, and tribute to, the classic cinemas of a bygone era.
Drama 1981 9 mins Location: Comber
A frantic race against the clock, in this amateur Oscar-winning tale of the unexpected. Will Rosemary make the interview in time?
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.