Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: The Opening of Paisley's Church



Belfast, Ravenhill Road





03min 24sec




Super 8



Doubleband Films


Doubleband Films, Gordon McKnight

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Gordon McKnight

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Footage of the official opening ceremony in 1969 of Ian Paisley's new church building - Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, Ravenhill Road, Belfast.

The footage also features Gordon McKnight, owner of the film and architect of the building.



Architect, Gordon McKnight was inspired to take up amateur film making with 'the arrival of my second daughter in 1953'. Originally working with Standard 8mm and then moving onto Super 8 when it became available, Gordon had many cameras including the Eumig C3M, a Bolex H8, and a Leicina Super RT1. A member of both the YMCA Cine Club in Belfast and the Donaghadee Camera Club, Gordon was spurred on by the friendly competition of those around him and eventually won the prestigious UK Top 8 competition for a movie he shot on holiday in the Grand Canyon, USA. Gordon’s holiday journeys to destinations around the world acted as the inspiration for many of his films and his memories of viewing his movies include 'showing my family and friends films of my latest travels and my children enjoying watching what they called ‘the old movies’'. Although he gave up recording moving images when video arrived on the scene to concentrate on stills photography and his painting Gordon still often enjoys watching his old movies today. 'My films are probably my most treasured possessions - memories of my family, my travels, my accomplishments - great times'.



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