in collaboration with
British Film Institute
Northern Ireland Screen
& Film Hub NI
Northern Ireland Screen has hosted the short version of the Boat Builders film on the Digital Film Archive.
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.
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.