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IFI FAMILY: THE GLITTERBALL

Director: Harley Cokeliss

56 minutes, U.K., 1977, Family/Sci-Fi, D-Cinema


This film screened on Sunday 25th  January 2015.

Classic sci-fi film from The British Children’s Film and TV Foundation. Established in the 1950s by Lord Rank to make films for matinée and schools showings, the Foundation produced a whole range of work for cinema and later TV, including Danny Champion of the World and the TV Series, The Borrowers. The Glitterball was one of a number of sci-fi films made.

In comparison to Hollywood spectacles, the budget was relatively small but, nevertheless, it won the hearts of young viewers with its story of a mysterious silver ball which gets stranded on earth. Some local kids befriend it and set about concealing it from the authorities, the airforce and a small-time crook. Despite the relatively simple special effects, the film’s naivety and imagination just add to its charm.

Tickets: €4.80 per person, €14.40 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children /1 adult + 3 children)

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