Super 8 Stories: The Foster Family



Mersey Street Primary School, Newtownards


1960s, 1970s


07 December 2003 (first transmission)


04min 27sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Grace Foster

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Grace Foster and her mother were both teachers in the Mersey Street Primary School in East Belfast during the 1960s. They were also both keen film-makers and, as well as filming their school life, they took delight in capturing memories of their family around their home in Newtownards. Grace is joined by her daughter, Pamela Bishop, in reliving their memories through their films. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 2 of Super 8 Stories.


Grace Foster and her mother, also named Grace, were both school teachers at Mersey Street Primary School in East Belfast when they took up 8mm film-making. “My mother bought the camera (a Eumig Eumigette Super 8 zoom) to record her holidays and the events in her family life like Christmas with the family, weddings, babies etc. We watched them and enjoyed them together. We would then join them together and put them on larger reels, which was easier to view. There was a lot of fun looking at some of the film”. Grace is left with many happy memories of her films. “The visual memories of the family many years ago and those who are no longer here are priceless. It is also historically interesting to see the school playground, clothes, cars and public transport”.

Shot List

Mother and daughters playing on beach and in the sea. Baby playing in the garden. Snowball fights. Mersey Street Primary School with children playing and painting in the playground. Interior shots of Mersey Street classroom filled with pupils.


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



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