all colour archive series includes stories such as the exotic life of
a circus entertainer in 1950’s Northern Ireland, the speed and excitement
of the Ulster Grand Prix in the 1960’s, the incredible Belfast man,
who built a steam train in his back garden and a child’s eye view
of the Auld Lammas Fair of days gone by. Super 8 Stories also shares the
stories of people in the past far from home, this series will include
New York, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Canada and the West Indies.
The people's own archive!
Super 8 Stories: A four-part series that presents seventy-five years of
life in Northern Ireland, recorded by the people who live here. Each episode
has condensed hundreds of hours of home movie footage, all shot by local
people, to form a 'people's archive' of life in Northern Ireland across
Produced by DoubleBand Films for BBC Northern Ireland,
Super 8 Stories features previously unseen films of family occasions,
sporting events and historical moments, coupled with musical classics
from each era, treating viewers to a very different presentation of the
past, with those unmistakable flickering images which many will identify
with and relate to from their own experiences.
In the last series, Super 8 Stories rediscovered the
glamour of life on the road with Fossets Circus in 1959, in a time when
children all across Northern Ireland were spellbound by the exotic acts
in the days before television.
The extraoridnary tales of the men who worked in the deep
sea docks in Belfast in 1961, including the legendary escape from a cargo
hold of chimpanze, who wrecked a shop in York Street. The incredible
visit of then best batsman in the world, Gary Sobers and the West
Indies Cricket team to Limavady in 1968, where Sobers startled
local crowds by scoring the last twenty runs of his century with the edge
of his bat. The amazing archive of Donaghadee pharmacist Bertie McKnight,
who captured beautiful images of life in 1950’s Northern Ireland,
including the breathtaking sight of the Canberra in Belfast Lough.
And finally the extraordinary story of one Belfast man’s personal
railway preservation, as he lovingly restores and builds a railway in
Super 8 Stories is a journey of rediscovery, with unseen colour home movie
film and revealing interviews.
If those flickering images spark off memories of your
own, share them at Your Place
and Mine where people have already been remembering the glory days
of punk rock, sunny days in Newcastle, their wartime experiences and working
at Harland & Wolff.
Series director Brian Henry Martin says, 'We were overwhelmed
by the response to Super 8 Stories. Forget the past in black and white,
watch Super 8 Stories and see Northern Ireland how it used to be in unseen
colour film and meet extraordinary people with great stories to share.’