The Quiet Land

Details

Location

Antrim, Antrim Coast, Armagh, Belleek, Boa Island, Carnlough, Castleward, Castlewellen, Co. Down, Cultra, Dunluce Castle, Fermanagh, Giant's Causeway, Glenariff, Glens of Antrim, Lough Erne, Lough Melvin, Mourne Mountains, Mournes, North Coast, Northern Ireland, Portglenone, Strabane, Strangford Lough, Waterfoot, White Island, White Park Bay

Year

1974

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

colour

Length

15min 50sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Robert Blair, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

The Quiet Land seems an unlikely name for a place in the midst of violent conflict. In contrast to media images experience a timeless mystical and mythical vision. Travel from dawn until dusk and delight in the rhythms of nature and traditional crafts. The only hint of dispute is an architectural battle between a classical husband and gothic wife, giving birth to Castle Ward. What is left out of this beautiful film makes it as fascinating as it’s story is enchanting. 

As part of August Craft Month 2016, five contemporary local makers have been invited to respond to Unlocking Film Heritage footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive to produce new work for Film Makers an engaging exhibition of contemporay craft. The spade mill section of this film inspired Sharon Adams who makes functionless tools which invite the viewer to imagine what they might be for.  

Notes

This material captures NI tourism at an intriguing time, as conflict escalated so did the pressure to close the Tourist Board. Resilient staff adapted creatively to the uphill struggle to find ways and places where they could responsibly encourage tourists to visit. Despite these obstacles they continued to create films during the 1970s earning the nicked name the ‘Fermanagh Tourist Board’.

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