In August 2016, Film Hub NI joined forces with Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive to bring some fantastic screenings to rural areas.
The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum played host to two nights of classic rural horror with screenings of the Village of The Damned and the Witchfinder General on the 25th August and 30th August from 7pm.
Presented by Film Hub NI, National Museums Northern Ireland, the British Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, the two films were shown in the atmospheric setting of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Each night the audience had an opportunity to wander through the beautiful parkland on which the museum is situated and to discover the charming period cottages, farms, schools and shops.
Before each feature presentation there was a screening of footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. Focusing on the theme of folk traditions, this material includes films newly digitised as part of the BFI’s Britain on Film. Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery
Wolf Rilla's Village of The Damned was screened on the 25th August and is set in the isolated village of Midwich where a brood of blonde-haired children, eyes glowing like burning coals, exhibit frightening powers. The screening was be introduced by writer and historian, Dr Robert Curran, who discussed the strange lore and legends that influenced the film.
The 30th August saw Vincent Price take centre-stage in the Witchfinder General (1968). Almost half a century after its release, Michael Reeves' cult classic continues to divide audiences. Before the screening of Witchfinder General, bestselling author Martina Devlin discussed the research for her novel The House Where It Happened, a fictionalised account of the events of 1711 at Ireland’s only mass witchcraft trial.