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presents
in collaboration with

British Film Institute
Northern Ireland Screen
& Film Hub NI

 

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Through a unique blend of archive footage, live storytelling and documentary film we brought the experience of working in Belfast's shipyard to life.

 
 
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Watch Boat Builders

Northern Ireland Screen has hosted the short version of the Boat Builders film on the Digital Film Archive.

The Participants

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 FRANK HIGGINS
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Show Format

From the outset, our desire was to take a new approach to telling this story. It's a feature length documentary, but designed to be played specifically to a live audience.

New interviews with ex-shipyard workers are complimented by rich archive film from 1940s onwards to create this journey through working life in Belfast's shipyards.

The whole arc of the story is told over four short films, each about 20mins. Between each film, there are live performances and storytelling on-stage by ex-shipyard workers. Some of them appeared in the film. They are a lively and resonate bridge between the films.

Show Credits


FOR NEW NOTIONS

Creative Producer
Aaron Guthrie

Production Manager
Sarah Duke

Event Manager
Paul Moran

Editor
Conor Neil

Camera
Ryan Coney
Ryan West
Mark Nugent

Sound Recordist
Adam Clayton

THE PARTICIPANTS

Laurena Crawford
Mark Doherty
Rosemary Graham
John Gray
Francis Higgins
Campbell Kell
Cyril Macartney
Jillian McCartney
Gillian McNabb
James Stone
George Watton
Roy Watton

 

FOR NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN

Francis Jones
Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell

FOR FILM HUB NI

Hugh Odling-Smee
Sara Gunn-Smith

AND

Stuart Ogg, Consult AV


Boat Builders is a New Notions Original film. It was developed as part of the British FiIm Institute's Coast and Sea project. Funded in part by Northern Ireland Screen and Film Hub NI awarding funds from the National Lottery.

The film incorporates footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive, digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.


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Digital Film Archive — Northern IreIand Screen

New Notions created a new partnership with Northern Ireland Screen to utilise and promote the wealth of material in the Digital Film Archive. Working with the Senior Curator, Francis Jones, we curated material to help bring alive the stories from the shipyard workers we interviewed. 

The DFA contains over 90 hours of moving images about life in pre-Partition Ireland and Northern Ireland from 1897 to 2014. There are items covering drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreels, amateur and actuality film.