The Haunted College



Campbell College, Stormont





Super 8

black and white


08min 55sec




British Film Institute, Campbell College

Rights Holder

Campbell College, Northern Ireland Screen


School boy antics take a supernatural turn in this silent slapstick ghost story made by pupils in a Belfast boarding school.

Do you believe in ghosts? After the Junior House Rugby match things seem to take a supernatural turn in this slapstick student film. The red brick Campbell College emerges beneath a mist of scratches creating the ideal setting for this slow paced ghostly tale. Vanishing boys and ghostly apparitions encourage you to wonder what else lurks in these Victorian corridors.


At the time of this film Campbell College was primarily a boarding school however the number of boarders has steadily declined over the years. This prestigious school has had an interesting history since it was founded in 1894 from a bequest by Henry James Campbell. The school was caught up in an IRA gun battle in 1935 and during World War II the pupils temporarily relocated to Portrush when the school was requisitioned by the War Office to become a hospital. Many of the “Old Campbellions” who passed through its gates went on to become journalists, film makers, judges and peace activists. C.S. Lewis grew up nearby and briefly studied here before he was sent to a school that specialised in pupils with lung problems.


Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

An Owl Film

Featuring: E.M. Marr, J.C. Agnew, A.E. Carswell, F.S. Miskimmin

Courtesy of Campell College



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