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Who will triumph when a game of hide and seek turns into a campaign against nuclear power?
Science Fiction 1980 18 mins
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What really lurks under the grass of the mysterious drumlin? Two children playing hide and seek stumble upon a strange visitor on the beach. This sparks a chain of bizarre events inspiring civil disobedience in a Newtownards housing estate. Settle in for an uncanny adventure involving vanishing children, hypnosis and U.F.O. sightings.
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 Location: London
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.
Experiments in film by Brian Connolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1984 13 mins Silent Location: Belfast
Watch time becomes an artist's material as the city's landmarks star in a strange choreography of workers, shoppers and builders.
Documentary 1963 31 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
A family holiday in Northern Ireland begins an exciting quest into the life of a saint.
Letter from Northern Ireland
Travelogue 1955 17 mins Location: Belfast
An English visitor vividly recalls all the sights and excitement of her memorable holiday in Northern Ireland.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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