Amateur film-maker Archie Reid remembered in Ballyclare screenings

The late Co Antrim amateur film-maker Archie Reid
Joanne Sweeney

THE work of a film-maker who brought a touch of Hollywood to Ballyclare will be featured in a special event kicking off the town's May Fair festivities.

The late Archie Reid was a prolific and award-winning amateur who made many short movies documenting local life around the north. Aside from working with his friend, the Co Down-born political cartoonist Rowel Friers, his favourite thing to do was to make short films about his beloved home town of Ballyclare 'starring' a cast of friends, neighbours and local schoolchildren.

His Other Days Around Me, a reminiscence of growing up in the Co Antrim countryside, went on to win a Ten Best Award in the Institute of Amateur Cinematography Awards and was shown at the National Film Theatre in London.

A selection of his short movies will be shown by the Ballyclare Picture House, a local community cinema that holds monthly screenings of films in the Town Hall, on Saturday May 19 from 8pm.

Curated by NI Screen, the screening headlines the free event which also includes interludes of music, poetry and talks with people who worked with Archie during his film-making career.

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