September 23rd, 2021

Spence Brothers Archives Inspire Young Horror Filmmakers

Noel and Roy Spence, also known as the Spence Brothers, have been making films for over fifty years, with subjects ranging from crafty leprechauns, space creatures, Rockabilly Rebels, and Frankenstein's monster.

Their archives have inspired generations of Northern Irish filmmakers and this summer it was no different.


The PRONI and Nerve Centre teams, with the support of the Northern Ireland Screen, brought together a group of talented filmmakers aged 12-16 to make horror films inspired by the Spence Brothers archives. 


Over the course of five days, participants learned filmmaking techniques with our Making the Future facilitators and special effects make-up with artist Connie McGrath. They also took part in an acting workshop with Rob Crawford, from Bruiser Theatre Company to improve their acting skills.


The participants were split into four groups and each produced a one-minute horror film.
Upon completion, the films were launched at the Strand Cinema and are now available online.


You can watch their scary creations and a behind-the-scenes video here:

  1. The Stalker 

Last Orders

The Unwanted Visit


Death is Life

Behind the Scenes Video

100 Shared Stories

Project Contacts

Lynsey Gillespie

Curator at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

028 9053 4830

Laura Aguiar

Community Engagement Officer & Creative Producer at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

028 9053 4829

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