Travellers

Travellers

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Details

Location

Coalisland, Newry

Year

1979

Source

BBC NI

Format

16mm, film

colour

Length

28min 36sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

BBC NI

Rights Holder

BBC NI

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Description

A documentary looking at the changing life of a travelling family caught between social antagonism, a strong sense of traveller identity and having to adjust to a changing world.

Shot List

General view of travellers camp site with caravans, sheds, horses. Men with gun dogs. This is the Ward family's camp at a disused quay in Newry. Reliance on scrap collecting rather than tin smithing. 04:48 Filling milk cans with water for the McDonagh family camp at Coalisland. Tom McDonagh and his extended family have lived there for nine years. His twenty-six grandchildren go to school. Interview with girl who doesn’t like school and has stopped. 08:17 Children playing hopscotch. 09:04 Woman bathing child in small tub inside caravan. Two children, outside, playing with model old style caravan. Children coming home from school. 10:25 Interview with woman inside caravan. 11:03 View of Tom McDonagh making a tin cup. Introduction of plastic and aluminium changed the travellers livelihood. 14:00 Interior classroom. 14:46 Children playing at camp. Close up of feet and muddy ground. 17:37 Family gathered around outside fire. Three women talking about needing to beg in the past. 19:42 Start of a cock fight. 20:20 Making repairs to a shed. 20:55 Coalisland. Interview with woman who would like toilets and water put in and they could continue to live there. 21:46 Storing scrap at site increases antagonism felt towards travellers. 22:50 Mary McDonagh washing clothes. Worried that tinker traditions are being lost. 25:30 Men throwing horse shoes. 27:20 Tin drum placed over fire, pot put on top, people eating.

Credits

Narrator – Bill Hunter; Photography – Rex Maidment; Sound –Peter Lindsay; Film Editor – Don O'Donovan; Producer – Bill Miskelly

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