The Children's Game

Details

Location

Larne, Larne High School

Year

1960s

Source

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

12min 02sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Elizabeth Reid

Rights Holder

Elizabeth Reid

Description

Delight in the mischievous imagination of Archie Reid with this trilogy of battles performed by and for his pupils in Larne.

This film by teacher Archie Reid and the Greenland Secondary Intermediate School camera club tells three tales of conflict. It opens with a playful battle of schoolyard pranks, then Larne is transformed into Nottingham for the swashbuckling costume drama Robin Hood and The Queen. The final instalment brings us back to the playground for The Children's Game, a Cold War fable in which two rival gangs embroil the schoolyard in an escalating arms race. 

 

Notes

Archie Reid was a History teacher and prolific film maker, you can find several of his gems on the Britain on Film map. This material is courtesy of Elizabeth Reid.

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Directed by Archie Reid

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