Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Clearing Fields to Make Way for Craigavon Development








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Super 8



Doubleband Films


Doubleband Films, Michael McKeown

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When land was vested by the government for the creation of the new town of Craigavon in the 1960s local farmer Joe Hewitt took a stand and led a protest of famers who blockaded fields with their tractors. The event became known as the Battle of Joe Hewitt's Field and footage of the standoff is included here. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'The Battle of Joe Hewitt's Field'.


Michael McKeown had been interested in stills photography from the age of ten in 1958. When his brother bought a Canon 8mm Zoom cine camera Michael was a student studying for his ‘A’ Levels and made the transition to moving film. Before long Michael was blacking out his living room to show his films to his family and had joined a camera club, initially at Patrick’s College, Armagh and then at St Joseph’s Teacher Training College. Michael did keep up an interest in his hobby for some time but “only up to about the age of thirty when business life began to take over”. Michael has recently renewed his interest in his old films: “I have just had twenty hours of film put on to a hard disc for editing. They are priceless – I only wish that I had kept up shooting films in my thirties and forties”.



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