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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.

We created an audiovisual journey through one of the most fascinating industries of the world that we had at home, here in Belfast.



The story is told in four short films. In between each film, stories are casually told on-stage by boat builders. Some of them appeared in the film. They are a lively and resonate bridge between the films. The film subjects are;

1. An introduction to the yard and characters
2. The social history with John Gray
3. Personal stories and memories with Boat Builders
4. The yard's decline



The premiere event took place on Friday October 27 at 19.30

More information coming soon. 

The Participants

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Audience Response

Thank you and your team for a truly memorable night. What made the biggest impression on me was the exchange on film between Roy Watton and his father which was magical in that you could see both in their facial expressions and in their eyes their absolute pride in their time in the Yard. That pride was shared by the audience and probably like most others who were there we left the Ormeau Baths on a real high. - Rodney

That was a fantastic night nice to meet up with old friends really well done great work by all your team. - Alan

Show Credits

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 New Notions

Aaron Guthrie - Creative Producer
Sarah Duke - Production Manager (Film)
Paul Moran - Production Manager (Event)
Conor Neil - Film Editor
Adam Clayton - Sound
Ryan Coney - Camera
Ryan West - Camera
Mark Nugent - Camera

For Northern Ireland Screen

Francis Jones
Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell

For Film Hub NI

Hugh Odling-Smee
Sara Gunn-Smith


Stuart Ogg - Consult AV

BOAT BUILDERS is a New Notions Original production, 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. Boat Builders incorporates footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive, digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.


Organise a screening

We're looking for partners to re-run new versions of the event. We're keen to reach audiences around Northern Ireland. If you wish to arrange a screening of the event in your area please do get in touch.

Press Release

Boat Builders Press Release PDF 418KB

Event Poster

Boat Builders Event Poster PDF 9.1MB