SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS

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Places:

  • Dunbartonshire
  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire

Subjects:

  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Ships and shipping

Genres:

  • Documentary
  • Sponsored

People/organisations:

  • LOW, David
  • RIDDELL-BLACK, Robert
  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • Templar Films

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS

Reference number: 2230

Date: 1960

Director: d. Hilary Harris

Sponsor: Films of Scotland, Central Office of Information and Clyde Shipbuilders' Association

Production company: Templar Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 30.00 mins

Description: The Oscar-winning documentary of shipbuilding on the Clyde, directed by Hilary Harris, treatment by John Grierson. Scenes in the drawing offices, steel mills and shipyards depict how the ships were constructed, launched and fitted out before starting out on voyages around the world.

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This film is available to purchase as part of a two-disc DVD 'Tales From the Shipyard' from the British Film Institute - for further information see http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_18719.html [last accessed 1/2/2011]

AWARDS:
Yugoslavian Film Festival, 1960. Venice Film Festival, 1960 - Diploma of Honour. Cork Film Festival, 1960 - Documentary Award. Belgrade Film Festival, 1960 - Diploma of Merit. Rouen International Film, Festival, 1960. Padua, Italy, 1960. International Scientific Film Congress, Prague, 1960. Salonika Fair, 1960. Damascus Trade Fair, 1960. Oberhausen International Film Festival, 1961. Stratford, Ontario, International Film Festival, 1961. Moscow Trade Fair, 1961. Montreal International Film Festival, 1961. Boston International Film Festival, 1961 - citations for Pictorial Excellence and Direction. Vancouver International Film Festival, 1961 - Diploma. Sydney Film Festival, 1961. Turin International Industrial Film Festival, 1961 - Special Prize offered by the General Association of the Italian Entertainment Industry for the best example of the Art of Cinematography in the Service of Industry. Salerno International Festival, 1961 - Information Films Trophy. New York Film Festival, 1961 - First Prize in Industrial Section. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Award for 1961 - Oscar.

Credits: treatm. John Grierson
comm.w. Cliff Hanley
comm. s. Bryden Murdoch [Scottish commentary version],
[comm.s. Kenneth Kendall on English commentary version]
m. Iain Hamilton
cond. Marcus Dods
anim. James Macaulay
[cam. Bob Riddell-Black?]

Shotlist: Credits (.48) general scenes of the launching of "British Queen", "Jamaica Planter", "Shell Armare", "Lincoln" and others (2.09) c/u propellers in water (2.42) gvs Clyde estuary. Greenock and Dumbarton. Aerial pan of shipyards, including c/u of completed ships. MV "Clan Macindoe", tug "Wrestler", MV 'Norviken" MV 'Spyros Nyarchos", MV 'Bishop", tug "Flying Tempest", MV "Arran", MV "York", destroyer D350, RMS "Queen Mary" sailing up the Hudson into New York (5.23) general scenes of Glasgow's heavy industries (5.52) shots of steel production (6.12) int. views of plating shed at Clyde shipyard (7.43) shots of drawing office including plans for TSS "Sylvania", and factors of ship design explained (9.04) int. shots of steel slicing and rivet holing (10.07) shots of mould and diagrams, shape of ship with diagrams and shots of test tank (11.48) gvs of steel works (12.23) int. of prefabrication shed (13.39) pieces of ship are taken to stocks. Shots of shipworkers in scripted dialogue (16.00) ships on stocks (17.19) general shots of final stages of construction before launch, rivetting, etc (21.50) [Scott's shipyard, Greenock] launching of the MV "British Trust" accompanied by more scripted dialogue. [Shot John Lee yard managing director and Michael Scott, company chairman at launch table] (26.16) shots of engine (27.29) ship in fitting out basin and leaving the basin. MV "Regent Eagle" passing MV "Makrano" (28.50) The End (29.00)