Find Archive Film Footage in the UK and Ireland

As part of its current Britain on Film season, the BFI has produced an interactive ‘film map’ that allows you to search for archive videos made in your local area. Tap in your postcode and the site brings up any films it has related to said location.

Find the map here:

The collection ranges from 1895 to the present day and includes adverts, newsreels, government-made films, TV shows and movies, as well as the world’s earliest home movies dating back to 1902.
London is particularly well represented, though it has to be said that the search can yield fairly broad results at present — better to think in terms of larger areas like the East End or the City rather than your local launderette. The project is in its early stages but has grand ambitions to grow the current catalogue of 2,500 digitized archive films to 10,000 by 2017.
Ultimately the aim is so create a huge interactive library that will offer instant insights into the past and easy access to a rich variety of material once locked away in warehouses and dusty attics. The BFI is keen for the public to get involved too, so the collection can expand further.

The map works for London, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Dublin.


Scotland tops USA Today film location poll

Scotland has been voted the world's Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll run by one of America's biggest newspapers.USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice awards picked Scotland ahead of Petra in Jordan and New Zealand.

Best Cinematic Destination Scotland

Scotland has featured in a number of high-profile movies in recent years.
USA Today highlights the famous Harry Potter train ride at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Braveheart’s sword at William Wallace’s monument in Stirling.
The Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, which played an important role in the Da Vinci Code, is also mentioned by the newspaper.

VisitScotland, which has been urging film fans to vote for the Scotland in the online poll, said high-profile movies which had used Scottish locations in recent years included Skyfall, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and World War Z.

The upcoming films Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, and Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe also use Scottish locations.
Scotland is playing a starring role in the hit US television series Outlander, which is being shown in the UK on Amazon Prime.

The USA Today poll put Petra in Jordan, which is seen in the climactic scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in second place.
New Zealand, which features in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, was third.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Scotland, which has beaten some of the world’s most iconic film locations to take this award.

“Given our country’s incredible and unique scenery, our range of spectacular buildings, as well as the warmth of our welcome, it is no wonder that it continues to attract some of the top film-makers from all over the world.

“Set-jetting, where people visit their favourite filming locations, is hugely popular and Scotland’s victory in this USA Today poll is further testimony to this country’s growing reputation as one of the world’s greatest film sets.”


The Irish Pub Movie

THE IRISH PUB is a eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.