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Between us is truth, let there be truth between us
Drama 1970 7 mins
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A mysterious cast assemble for this enigmatic art house parody by Terence McDonald. Enjoy unpicking the threads of an uncanny story filled with hints that question reality, like the opening text, which translates as "Let there be truth between us" a quote from Act 3 of Goethe's Iphigenia in Tauris. Due to copyright this version is missing the scenes of Bela Lugosi as Charles Kessler from The Invisible Ghost (1941) watched in the projection room at the start and end of the film.
As the graveyard fades to black we find ourselves back in the projection room and you would have seen Charles Kessler sent into a murderous trace as he sees what he thinks is a vision through a rain soaked window of the wife who deserted him. Terence McDonald (1926 – 2001) was a teacher and a pioneering amateur filmmaker from Derry. He made 35 films in his lifetime covering a wide range of themes such as mental health, travelling theatre, and portraits of his home town Derry. Terence McDonald undertook all aspects of production - filming, sound recording and editing and produced a body of remarkably sophisticated work. This film is courtesy of his son, Peter McDonald. You can watch more of his films on the BFI Player.
WTF - A Box of Odd
Cinemagazine 1926 14 mins Silent
Jiu-jitsu for ladies, how to get ink off a white apron and other life essentials courtesy of the 'Hints and Hobbies' team.
News 1977 5 mins Location: Belfast
When did you last see camouflage, candelabra and Cornish pasties round one table?
1936 9 mins Silent
Guests to impress? Celebrity chef Marcel Boulestin out a quick veal escalope with the aid of a shiny new gas cooker.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 16 mins
Meet a very beautiful, very clever girl who adores peaches in Michael Gill's BFI-funded fantasy short.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1928 15 mins Silent
From fashion and slimming tips to a jazz age night out in London - just some of the diverting items in this cinemagazine
School programme and Educational film 1974 28 mins
An engaging blend of sci-fi, education and unintentional humour aids this anti-smoking diatribe aimed at 1970s teenagers.
Derry / Londonderry
Documentary 21 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Witness the changing face of psychiatric care in this hospital sponsored public information film
Drama 1978 0 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
A Derry classroom becomes an unlikely setting for this uncanny experimental film by Terence McDonald and Gerry Wills
Comedy 1965 0 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Who is this mysterious man causing chaos in the city of a 1000 rumours? Watch tonight’s feature from Alfred Hiccup to discover Derry’s hidden world.
Sponsored film 1976 0 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Watch Anthony and Cleopatra make a triumphant entry in the Mayor’s Parade. What will impress the judges more, good behaviour or a good float?
Comedy 1966 5 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
There is a baby and a bandit loose in the streets of Derry, but which one is the fugitive, the robber or the runaway pram?
Travelogue 1957 0 mins Silent Location: Derry / Londonderry
A silent display of two northern traditions to tempt holiday makers to our shores
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.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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.
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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