The Quiet Land




Antrim, Antrim Coast, Armagh, Belleek, Boa Island, Carnlough, Castleward, Castlewellan, Co. Down, Cultra, Dunluce Castle, Fermanagh, Giant's Causeway, Glenariff, Glens of Antrim, Lough Erne, Lough Melvin, Mourne Mountains, Mournes, North Coast, Northern Ireland, Portglenone, Strabane, Strangford Lough, Waterfoot, White Island, White Park Bay






15min 50sec







Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project


British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Robert Blair, Tourism NI

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The Quiet Land seems an unlikely name for a place in the midst of violent conflict. In contrast to media images experience a timeless mystical and mythical vision. Travel from dawn until dusk and delight in the rhythms of nature and traditional crafts. The only hint of dispute is an architectural battle between a classical husband and gothic wife, giving birth to Castle Ward. What is left out of this beautiful film makes it as fascinating as its story is enchanting. 

As part of August Craft Month 2016, five contemporary local makers were invited to respond to Unlocking Film Heritage footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive to produce new work for Film Makers an engaging exhibition of contemporay craft. The spade mill section of this film inspired Sharon Adams who makes functionless tools which invite the viewer to imagine what they might be for.


This material captures NI tourism at an intriguing time, as conflict escalated so did the pressure to close the Tourist Board. Resilient staff adapted creatively to the uphill struggle to find ways and places where they could responsibly encourage tourists to visit. Despite these obstacles they continued to create films during the 1970s earning the nicked name the ‘Fermanagh Tourist Board’.



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