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Video: Rare 1950 footage of Mourne stone cutters

A digital film archive showing the quirky side of rural life is being showcased in an unusual venue.

The Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh is the setting for a very different underground cinematic experience of footage from Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive.

The archive includes this 1950 Land of Ulster footage of stone cutters in the Mourne mountains in County Down.

Francis Jones, Archive Education Officer, Northern Ireland Screen said, “The Marble Arch Caves are the perfect setting to host this unique event to showcase the extensive catalogue of rural archive material available via the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive.

“We aim to take the audience on a journey with the use of nostalgic rural footage and traditional Irish music provided by the talented Phil Hession.

“There are many depictions of rural life from the Digital Film Archive including portrayals of quaint folk customs, friendly locals, and beautiful green scenery. Contrary to that, the archive also offers a representation of strange societies and pagan rituals.

“Working alongside Film Hub NI and National Museums Northern Ireland has allowed us to create an unforgettable film-going experience; one that combines material from our Digital Film Archive, guest speakers and unique settings.

“This film was digitised as part of the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage initiative, which aims to make over 10,000 titles selected from archives from across the UK, available for the public to view.

“The screening event in the Marble Arch Caves combines traditional Irish music with footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) as part of the BFI’s Britain on Film Rural initiative.

“The project is a collaborative effort between the DFA, FilmHubNI, the British Film Institute and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.”

Clip courtesy of  NI Screen

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