Ulster

About the film

An overview of the industrial landscape of Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on the impact of and contribution to the Allied war effort.

Details

  • Release year - 1941
  • Director - Ralph Keene
  • Production company - Strand Film
  • Producer - Alexander Shaw
  • Screenplay - St. John Ervine
  • Cinematographers - Jo Jago, George Noble
  • Composer - Richard Addinsell
  • Narration - Robert MacDermot
  • Sound recording - Al Rhind
  • Musical director - Muir Mathieson
  • Running time (minutes) - 11 mins 31 secs

Original description

Northern Ireland: In peace and war

'Ulster, famous for scenic beauty, great shipyards, fields of flax, is loyally participating in the Empire's war effort. Day and night the ships are built: the looms of Belfast, industrial centre of the world's linen trade, are busy with wings for aeroplanes and equipment for soldiers; from Ulster's farms comes food for Britain.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)

Did you know?

  • The peculiar Northern Ireland accent owes to the fact that the narrator, Robert MacDermot, though very multi-talented, was not Irish and never lived in Ireland.
  • Ulster and Letter from Britain are the only films in the British Council film archive to be set in Northern Ireland.
  • The shipyard seen at the beginning of Ulster is believed to be the Harland and Wolff shipyard, famous for building many great ships, including the RMS Titanic.

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