Super 8 Stories: Mourne Farm Life



Co Down, Maghera




24 October 2004 (first transmission)


04min 04sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Sarah Creaner, The Estate of Christopher Napier

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Christopher Napier and his sister Sarah Creaner share their memories of summers spent in the County Down village of Maghera and of their mother's love for recording on film the days spent helping out in the fields of local farms. This clip appeared in Series 2, Programme 4 of Super 8 Stories. 



Sarah Napier was a Belfast housewife who had a keen interest in photography. As her son, Christopher, remembers, “She always had a camera – a box brownie – and when cine cameras became available she asked for one”. Sarah would use the family’s summer holidays at Maghera, County Down as the perfect excuse for practising her skills. However, after the format change from Standard 8mm to Super 8 she eventually gave up film making. “When Standard 8 film became hard to get she gave up the hobby. My mother encouraged others to make films out of the movie reels. Edmund Finnan, her uncle-in-law, made several and she made several others before showing them to the family”.

Shot List

Opening collage of various scenes in Maghera village in County Down, family shots and people working in field. Family paddling by river. Shots around Maghera village. People using scythes in field and shots of cows in lane and donkeys. Boy driving tractor and workers gathering hay. Lifting haystacks with tractor.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - David Kilpatrick, Kevin McCarthy; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Alan Perry; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editor - Greg Darby; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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