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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.


Release year
Ralph Keene
Production company
Strand Film
Alexander Shaw
St. John Ervine
Jo Jago, George Noble
Richard Addinsell
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)


  • 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 Collection 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.