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The Haunted School
School boy antics take a supernatural turn in this silent slapstick ghost story made by pupils in a Belfast boarding school.
Amateur film 1955 9 mins Silent
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Do you believe in ghosts? After the Junior House Rugby match things seem to take a supernatural turn in this slapstick student film. The red brick Campbell College emerges beneath a mist of scratches creating the ideal setting for this slow paced ghostly tale. Vanishing boys and ghostly apparitions encourage you to wonder what else lurks in these Victorian corridors.
At the time of this film Campbell College was primarily a boarding school however the number of boarders has steadily declined over the years. This prestigious school has had an interesting history since it was founded in 1894 from a bequest by Henry James Campbell. The school was caught up in an IRA gun battle in 1935 and during World War II the pupils temporarily relocated to Portrush when the school was requisitioned by the War Office to become a hospital. Many of the “Old Campbellions” who passed through its gates went on to become journalists, film makers, judges and peace activists. C.S. Lewis grew up nearby and briefly studied here before he was sent to a school that specialised in pupils with lung problems.
Drama 1949 22 mins Silent
Prize-winning amateur film about the fleeting affair between a housewife and a young man on a summer day.
Amateur film 1954 4 mins Silent Location: High Wycombe
Silly silent film fun and thrills abound in this award-winning 1954 amateur short spoofing the world of Hollywood trailers.
Amateur film 1958 26 mins Location: South Kensington
A young angel scours London for her wings in this tender short by the young Ken Russell.
Amateur film 1965 19 mins Location: Harrow
Knitting comes in handy when making a film – a comical take on amateur filmmaking by the ladies of a local Pinner film club
Amateur film 1961 13 mins Silent
Tired little Jocelyn, in her National Health specs, falls asleep in the garden and wakes up in Wonderland in this amateur re-telling of Lewis Carroll's classic.
Home movie 1962 3 mins Silent Location: Castleford
A young magician impresses his sister by making a dog appear from under a bucket, and by demonstrating the magic of film itself.
Sponsored film 1951 0 mins Silent Location: Belfast
From Modernist designs inspired by the atomic age to paddling pool picnics, find delight in this silent selection from the Festival of Britain
Home movie 1961 0 mins Silent Location: Carrickfergus
Join the Carrey family as they entertain each other during a summer adventure around the north of Ireland.
Documentary 1980 11 mins Location: Stormont
Learn the language of lace from the devoted women keeping the highly skilled art of Carrickmacross Lace alive
Amateur film 1962 10 mins Location: Belfast
It was a day like any other for Percy Faith until he hears a voice he’ll never forget.
Documentary 1961 16 mins Silent Location: Ballymoney
A jaunty guide to life and industry in Ulster which focuses on a Northern Irish farming family.
Sponsored film 1967 18 mins Location: Irish Sea
From ancient crafts to state of the art computer production discover how "Ulster is not just yesterday, it is also tomorrow". Forget hindsight and enjoy this industrial dream.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
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.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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