Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Troubles Footage, August 1969

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Troubles Footage, August 1969

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1969

Source

Doubleband Films

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

02min 25sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

Doubleband Films, Gordon McKnight

Rights Holder

Gordon McKnight

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Description

Footage taken by local film maker Gordon McKnight in 1969 of some of the early rioting in Belfast in what would turn into The Troubles, including fire damage to buildings, houses and vehicles as well as street barricades in terraced streets. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'The Start of the Troubles'.

Notes

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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