Over a century ago, filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon roamed the British Isles filming the everyday lives of people at work and play. For around 70 years, 800 rolls of this early nitrate film sat in sealed barrels in the basement of a shop in Blackburn. Now miraculously discovered and painstakingly restored by the BFI, this ranks as the most exciting film discovery of recent times. Following on from the hugely successful BBC TV series, 'The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon' and the BFI's first video volume 'Electric Edwardians' is this new selection of films, Mitchell and Kenyon in Ireland. The Mitchell and Kenyon Collection contains some twenty-six films made in Ireland between May 1901 and December 1902 in association with three travelling film exhibitors - the North American Animated Photo Company, the Thomas Edison Animated Photo Company and the fairground showman George Green. Presented as 'Local Films for Local People', the films include street scenes of Dublin, Wexford and Belfast, local dignitaries attending the Cork International Exhibition, scenic routes from Cork to Blarney Castle and much more. With music by Neil Brand and Gunter Buchwald, an essay by Dr Vanessa Toulmin and a commentary read by Fiona Shaw this new BFI video offers Mitchell and Kenyon's unique and vivid record of Ireland at the start of the twentieth century.