Super 8 Stories: Carney Hill to Bangor



Bangor, Carney Hill





04min 55sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Gordon McKnight

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Famed amateur film-maker Gordon McKnight takes us behind the scenes of his life as an architect and also on a journey from his home in Carney Hill to nearby Bangor. Gordon shot this film at a slower frame rate on his camera so that it would appear speeded up when played back at normal speed on his projector. The result is a lively whizz along the route to Bangor from an era before the busy dual carriageways when it was all country roads with very little traffic - a moment in time captured on film which has subsequently changed beyond all recognition. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 2 of 'Super 8 Stories'.


Architect, Gordon McKnight was inspired to take up amateur film making with “the arrival of my second daughter in 1953”. Originally working with Standard 8mm and then moving onto Super 8 when it became available, Gordon had many cameras including the Eumig C3M, a Bolex H8, and a Leicina Super RT1. A member of both the YMCA Cine Club in Belfast and the Donaghadee Camera Club, Gordon was spurred on by the friendly competition of those around him and eventually won the prestigious UK Top 8 competition for a movie he shot on holiday in the Grand Canyon, USA. Gordon’s holiday journeys to destinations around the world acted as the inspiration for many of his films and his memories of viewing his movies include “showing my family and friends films of my latest travels and my children enjoying watching what they called ‘the old movies’”. Although he gave up recording moving images when video arrived on the scene to concentrate on stills photography and his painting Gordon still often enjoys watching his old movies today. “My films are probably my most treasured possessions – memories of my family, my travels, my accomplishments – great times”.

Shot List

Architect working at his desk, drawing and making models. Various shots of builders working on church and stained glass windows being installed. Child writing film credits on blackboard. Family setting off in car from driveway and onto main road with film sped up. Various shots of journey from Carney Hill to Bangor, all shot through windscreen with overtaking scenes all in high speed. Arrival in Bangor and various scenes of Bangor sea front during stormy weather.


Narrator: Maire Jones; Programme Accountant: Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant: Gillian Halliday; Camera: Michael Quinn; Sound: Paul Maynes; Music Consultants: Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Graphics: Alan Perry; Dubbing: One Zero Zero; Researcher: Ben Price; Archivist: Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer: Jenny Waugh; Editors: Sharon McCourt, Paul Devlin; Executive Producers: Alex Johnston, Michael Hewitt; Producer: Diarmuid Lavery; Director: Brian Henry Martin



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