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Films showing Northern Ireland over years a real must-see

By Adrian Rutherford

It is a snapshot of life in Northern Ireland from a bygone era.

The British Film Institute has launched Britain on Film: Coast and Sea, an online collection of more than 600 newly-digitised films, ranging from 1898 to 2000.

The trove includes Northern Ireland Screen's digital film archive.

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Curragh to Iona, courtesy of Waddell Media

The highlights from Northern Ireland include university lecturers Morris dancing in Portrush in 1977 and the strange world of local filmmakers, the Spence Brothers.

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Maidens in Distress by Roy Spence, courtesy of IFI Irish Film Archive

Also featured is a spiritual maritime adventure from the shores of Londonderry to Iona in the 1960s, funded by the Church of Ireland to commemorate the 14th centenary of St Columba's journey of self-exile, and captured by two films not seen in decades.

Francis Jones, from Northern Ireland Screen, said: "This year's theme of Coastal and Sea is a perfect fit to Northern Ireland's maritime and coastal heritage."

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Morris Dancing, courtesy of UTV

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