Land of Ulster

Details

Location

Ballymena, Belfast, Cullybackey, Mourne Mountains, Mournes, Stormont

Year

1950

Source

National Museums Northern Ireland

Format

16mm

colour

Length

29min 27sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Central Office of Information, Crown copyright

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

Description

Learn about the art of agriculture in this government film. 

Even in the city of Belfast, the people are only a generation away from the soil. This charming film explores the changing fortunes of Ulster and its farmers - from John’s farm in Ballymena to Eileen’s University laboratory.

Poetic words transform government policy and the harsh realities of farming into a rousing tale of good-humoured resilience. Find out how the great problems of collection are overcome in a land littered with little roads running through one another like "a bag of weasels" and discover whether, or no,  Ulster's farmers manage to move mountains under the inspector’s watchful eye. 

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project. 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. This film inspired Nicola Gates a maker with a passion for natural materials who specialises in woven textiles.



 

Notes

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

Credits

A Trident Films Ltd production for the Central Office of Information

Producer: Annesley H. Brownrigg

Narrator: Allan McClelland

Commentary: W.R. Rodgers

Photography: John  Havinden

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