Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: St Agnes Youth Club Activities and Prize Giving



Belfast, St. Agnes Youth Club






10min 51sec




Super 8



Doubleband Films


Doubleband Films, Gabriel Davey

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Gabriel Davey

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It may have seemed as though West Belfast was a dark place during the Troubles in the 1970s, but the children found a light in the shape of the Youth Club run by the St Agnes Church. This footage contains a selection of different sports activities as well as the annual prize giving ceremony. Sections of this footage were included in the Super 8 Story, 'West Belfast Youth Club'.


An interest in 8mm film making came easily to Gabriel Davey who was the manager of the Photographic Department of W Erskine Mayne in Belfast and who was also making 16mm movies of ships and King’s Hall rallies among other things. As well as being proficient with a 16mm camera in a professional capacity, Gabriel used a Bolex 8mm Standard 8 camera for his own material, moving up through Super 8 when it became the new format and eventually onto a semi-professional Sony Hi 8 camera as he continued recording well into the video age. He was also a member of a camera club - the Chemist Guild, later to be Christian Bros Past Pupils Camera Club. Gabriel was not only keen to record events around him but was also keen to share it with as many as possible of the people featured. 'I have VHS copies of nearly all of the cine films I shot. I made copies of my children’s family years and gave them each a copy. For ten years I recorded bowling holidays in Spain and made VHS copies for people and there were many occasions when we watched them. I also made a history film of the St Agnes Youth Club which has been seen by many people'. Other events filmed by Gabriel include 'the opening of St John’s new church on the Falls Road, the taking down of the old St Agnes church and the building of the new one and making a table tennis and a snooker coaching film!' Still interested in hobbies and technology into his seventies Gabriel says he enjoys revisiting the 'very enjoyable past times' in his films but doesn’t watch them 'quite as much now as I’m currently interested in computers'.


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