Ports, Past and Present

© Mother Goose Films (Fishguard)


A series of short documentaries, that are also available as a feature length film about five Celtic port towns (in Wales and Ireland) that are connected and intertwined by the ferry routes that serve them. To get to know the landscape and the history, we hear from the people in the know. We meet up with several local characters and hear of their passion for the heritage and how their love for the place they call home is shaping the future.

Genre: Documentary, Environmental

Welsh Connections

Directed by: Robin Kother
Narrative: Each film follows local residents who share their passion for the heritage of their port town and take us to exciting places full of stories, intimately connecting Wales and Ireland.
Locations: Holyhead, South Stack, Holy Island, Fishguard, Cwm yr eglwys, Pencaer Peninsula, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven Waterway, Skomer
Cyllid: Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme.

Production Details

Producers: Polly Vinken, Rita Singer, Peter Merriman, Rhys Jones

Technical Details

Length: Short films – 12 minutes each, Feature – 81 minutes
Language: English, Welsh
Certificate: Uncertified
Format: DCP, MOV/MP4
Accessibility: English and German subtitles


Dyddiad: 2022


Website: https://portspastpresent.eu/
Nation Cymru: New films explore the history and cultural heritage of five ports in Wales and Ireland

Rightsholder: Ports, Past and Present
Booking contacts*: Rita Singer – ris32@aber.ac.uk

*Exhibitors will not be able to charge for individual screenings under licensing agreements, but can do so if the films are shown in conjunction with another. Please get in touch with Rita Singer for more information.