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Sodom and Begorrah
Amusing fantasy of the adventures of a priest who finds his new parish in the grip of the most blatant depravity
Amateur film 1967 14 mins
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Follow the trials of a priest shocked by the depravity of his new parish. How will he resist temptation in a town where sex, sin and violence are the order of the day? Who will offer spiritual comfort in his hour of need, and who will triumph in this epic battle for the souls of Ballybegorrah? To find out watch this hilarious story set in a country which exists only in the minds of those who have never been to Ireland.
This brilliant example of the playful insights of Archie Reid, Rex Thompson and Rowel Friers invites us to laugh at ourselves. Reid was a History teacher and prolific film maker. You can find more of his gems on the Britain on Film map ranging from the delightfully absurd to intimate rural portraits. Friers who appears here as angel, priest and devil was a political cartoonist, performer and painter. He strove to reflect political absurdities of Northern Ireland with impartiality, saying ‘I have no side in all of this. I just make fun of all the madness.’ A graduate of the Belfast College of Art he contributed to the arts throughout his life as President of both the RUA and Ulster Association of Drama Festivals.
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Documentary 1971 6 mins Location: Lisburn
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Non-Fiction 1930 3 mins Silent Location: Newtownards
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News 1966 14 mins Silent Location: Cultra
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Amateur film 1971 3 mins Silent Location: Larne
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Travelogue 1960 5 mins Location: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa
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Documentary 1989 52 mins Location: Belfast
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Amateur film 1962 10 mins Location: Belfast
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Travelogue 1958 5 mins Silent Location: Holywood
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Sport 1958 12 mins Silent Location: County Antrim
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Drama 2020 21 mins
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
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Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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