Vocational guidance film to attract girls leaving school to enter the linen industry. Dramatised presentation of the improved working conditions in modern irish Linen Mills in Ulster.

Year of Production: 1948

Color or Black and White?: B/W

Running Time: 16 mins 32 secs

Shot List


00:00:00:00-00:05:00:00 vs group of small children pushing together to look through windows of house then suddenly run away as woman chases man out of house by hitting him with umbrella. The man runs into street where he is watched by crowd of women and children ms man talks to camera vs two young women / schoolgirls with school bags walk along street and into house ms young woman kisses old
woman who then tells her off for being untidy ms girl pours her grandmother cup of tea and they sit talking at table until her grandmother begins to tell her off ms girl clears table ms old woman wearing black shawl leaves house and walks down street

00:05:00:00-00:10:00:00 vs two young girls talk to each other ms old woman in shelf comes through door with shopping basket and talks to girl vs young woman into factory and talks to woman in office ms woman introduces young woman to older man in white coat vs young woman is shown around linen mill by man low < shot factory / mill blower sounding / end of day vs young women queue in canteen for food and then sit at tables talking and eating together inc cu on speaker as music plays

00:10:00:00-00:16:19:17 vs man teaches room full of young people about linen and how it is picked ms women picking flax by hand ms man pushes huge bale of flax on trolley vs flax being combed into smooth strands an activity called 'heckling' vs young girls placing smooth flax strands onto conveyor belt where the flax is wound onto bobbins inc cu of young girl blowing whistle. Group of children run up to untangle the threads vs wet spinning of flax pan down girl's body as she operates spinning machine to show her bare feet as another girl walks past also in bare feet vs women spinning and rolling hanks of linen thread together vs linen being wound onto bobbins vs women in cramped conditions operate looms ms beating machine ms women painting on linen by hand vs women cutting linen into appropriate lengths again in cramped conditions vs young girls and boys watching man lecturing to them about linen