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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The Tomb of Frankenstein
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?
Science Fiction 1964 26 mins
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A homage to the classic Frankenstein story from the inimitable Spence Brothers, shot on location in Comber and the Clandeboye Estate. The subject matter has a long and controversial history in Northern Irish cinema. In 1932, James Whale's Frankenstein was banned by the Police Committee as "blasphemous and unedifying" for its portrayal of a scientist emulating the life-giving abilities of God.
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.
Drama 1949 22 mins Silent
Prize-winning amateur film about the fleeting affair between a housewife and a young man on a summer day.
Science Fiction 1982 16 mins Location: Ballymagowan
Alien overlords, a giant robot and cavemen… welcome to the feverish imagination of Roy Spence.
Sponsored film 1950 9 mins Location: Cambridge
A delightful road safety film set on the streets of Cambridge featuring an escaped horse with a respect for the Highway Code.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 10 mins Location: North Tyneside
An exuberant animated short celebrates writer Sid Chaplins short story about the defiant spirit of an old miner who finds his beloved pigeon loft is under threat.
Boy and the Cat
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 10 mins Location: South Shields
A boy and his cat make mischief in the snow at South Shields in this captivating hand-drawn childrens animation created by Sheila Graber.
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.
Keep Watching Skies
Science Fiction 1975 21 mins Location: Comber
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.
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.