Super 8 Stories: Portavogie Fishermen









06min 20sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Bob Goodwin Jr, Doubleband Films, Olive Haire

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The fishing industry in the Irish Sea has always been important to many of the communities living along the shoreline of County Down. However, by the turn of the 20th Century into the 21st this way of life was very much in decline with huge impacts for the small towns which had been built up on fishing traditions and used it as their livelihood. Amateur footage from the 1970s, when the industry was performing well, is mingled with interviews conducted in 2005 with some of the fishermen from Portavogie who had watched its decline to make this one of the more melancholy segments of Super 8 Stories as a community comes to terms with a changing world. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 3 of 'Super 8 Stories'.

Shot List

Fishermen in small boats catching lobsters on Belfast Lough on sunny evening. Night shots off North Down coast with view of boat from another boat and close-ups of men working on deck. Churning water from back of boat. Long shot of men in silhouette on deck of boat. Boat leaving Portavogie harbour and heading out to sea. Shots of men at wheel of boat. Another night shot then more daytime sailing shots. Various shots of men on deck including bringing in a haul of fish. Men making and drinking tea below deck. Shot of Bangor from cabin of boat. Night time cabin shots. Shot of fishermen on deck at sunset.


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; Online Editor: Jonathan Fetherston; Researcher: Ben Price; Archivist: Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer: Jenny Waugh; Editor: Paul Devlin; Executive Producers: Alex Johnston, Michael Hewitt; Producer: Diarmuid Lavery; Director: Brian Henry Martin



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