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What passions burn behind doors in Downpatrick? Enjoy a tale of two unknown artists who have both found something they can truly call their own.
News 1972 19 mins
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Discover the sheer pleasure of mastering a skill. With his gentle pace and easy manner Charlie Witherspoon evokes the humble passions of two amateur ceramicists in County Down. Enjoy a mesmerising demonstration of the potter’s wheel by building contractor Bill Taggart and learn the secret to his patterned glazes. Then travel down the banks of the River Coyle to meet miniaturist Alison Gilford. Will Charlie recognise a familiar face amongst her miniature portraits?
These rushes are from Spectrum, a fortnightly programme on Ulster Television that brought Northern Irish arts matters to a local audience for half an hour from 1971-1988. This material is courtesy of the UTV archive.
The Arts on Film
1972 10 mins Location: Mayfair
A painterly profile of County Durham's brilliant miner-artist Tom McGuinness.
Shadows from Light: The Photography of Bill Brandt Shadows from Light: The Photography of Bill Brandt
Documentary 1983 55 mins
Take a mesmerising journey through the world of Bill Brandt's shadowy black and white photography.
Performance 1966 45 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.
Documentary 1967 30 mins Location: Chelsea
Potter Ted sells his work in London, to keep the wolf from the door, but practises his art at Felin Wen, his home-cum-studio at Pontrug, Gwynedd.
News 1983 8 mins Location: Lympstone
The satirical novelist pokes fun at the places he loves to hate.
Documentary 1986 26 mins Location: Sheffield
The many joys of barbershop singing on display as our Sheffield hopefuls are cajoled into a winning chorus by an inspirational teacher.
Documentary 1963 24 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Join a fearless crew on a spiritual maritime adventure from the shores of Derry to Iona.
Travelogue 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Downpatrick
Picturesque scenery and leisurely activities galore, come see what County Down has to offer in this Tourist Board film.
Travelogue 1969 22 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Welcome aboard the Ulster Queen; as excited holidaymakers travel from Liverpool to Belfast. From the mythological to modern discover what awaits those who cross the Irish Sea.
Public Information Filler 1970 5 mins Location: Downpatrick
Will level headedness triumph? Hear how the peace and good neighbourliness of one town contrasts with the violence and tension prevalent elsewhere in Northern Ireland.
Ceremony 1959 3 mins Silent Location: Downpatrick
A flock of pilgrims follow in the steps of St Patrick from his first church in Saul to his final resting place in Down Cathedral
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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