Through a unique blend of archive footage, live storytelling and documentary film we brought the experience of working in Belfast's shipyard to life.

Boat Builders (2017) is a New Notions original film.

Show Format

From the outset, our desire was to take a new approach to telling this story. It's a feature length documentary, but designed to be played specifically to a live audience.

The whole arc of the story is told over four short films, each about 20mins. Between each film, there are live performances and storytelling on-stage by ex-shipyard workers. Some of them appeared in the film. They are a lively and resonate bridge between the films.


A selection of participants


Boat Builders is a New Notions Original film. It was developed as part of the British FiIm Institute's Coast and Sea project. Funded in part by Northern Ireland Screen and Film Hub NI awarding funds from the National Lottery.

The film incorporates footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive, digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.


Show Credits

The film was produced by Aaron Guthrie and Sarah Duke. The Film Editor was Conor Neil. Our sound recordist was Adam Clayton. Ryan Coney, Ryan West and Mark Nugent were camera operators. The production Event Manager was Paul Moran.

Executive Produced by Francis Jones and Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell for Northern Ireland Screen

Our event funding partner Film Hub NI is led by Hugh Odling-Smee and Sara Gunn-Smith.

The Participants were Laurena Crawford, Mark Doherty, Rosemary Graham RIP, John Gray, Francis Higgins, Campbell Kell, Cyril Macartney, Jillian McCartney, Gillian McNabb, James Stone, George Watton, Roy Watton


Should you require more information or wish to organise a screening of Boat Builders in your area please email aaron[at]newnotions.co