Film ID: NEFA 21344 Video of NEFA_21344 ACA Outing to Warkworth ACA OUTING TO WARKWORTH ON 16 JULY 1933 1933 Visitor TabsDescription This amateur film documents the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) summer outing to the coast at Warkworth, Northumberland, on the 16th July 1933. Footage includes a jokey swimsuit parade, and filmmaking activities in the sand dunes. Title: ACA Outing to Warkworth on 16 July, 1933 Title: Starting Out A driver fixes a flag to the outside of a bus whilst a group with the cine club, Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers (ACA), gather on a Newcastle street for their trip to Warkworth in Northumberland, some of the men in trilbies. Title: Arrival at Warkworth The bus with, sporting Truman bottled beers advertising, has arrived in Warkworth. Groups of men chat on the grass verge beside the bus stop. A woman walks towards camera along a garden walkway. The group of holiday makers rendezvous next to the bus, some carrying small leather suitcases. Title: Settled Down The cine club troupe are seated in the Warkworth sand dunes, chatting and eating, one of the women in a cloche hat. Title: Perplexed Chairman The Newcastle ACA Chairman, James Cameron Jnr., is sprawled on a picnic blanket on the grass, looking serious. Title: Sun Bathing In the group of cine club trippers, three of the women with bobbed hair are wearing striped woollen swimsuits as they lounge in the grass in the sunshine. Some of the men also wear all-in-one bathing suits, although one man is still dressed in his suit and a flat cap. Portrait shots of the three women in striped swimwear, smiling up at the camera. A group portrait shot of the three women laying languidly in the sun, laughing at being filmed. Title: Lunch Time All the group are seated on grass-topped low cliffs (?) wearing summer frocks and swimsuits, the beach in the background. Title: Parade in Costume Some of the men and women begin to parade past camera in their swimsuits, jokily staging a parade, much to the delight of the rest of their friends still seated on the cliff top. Title: Beach Games Down on the sandy Warkworth beach, one of the amateur women filmmakers shoots film of three of the cine club members. The men and women are paired up for a fun three-legged race. Staged in the dunes, one of the male cine club filmmakers films three of the women, one after the other, jumping down the sand dune towards the camera. Title: A Cooler! The men and women in swimsuits jump into the waves and surf in the sea, larking about, some wearing swim hats. They join hands in a ring and attempt a dance. Title: Yet Another The cine club trippers gather around an ice-cream vendor’s pony and cart. One woman takes a lick from two ice cream cones she’s holding. Title: Even the Horse had a Cornet The horse licks its lips after being fed ice-cream, then a portrait shot of the horse ends the film, the beach and dunes in the background. Context Seaside boho and the cine club crew The sun, sea and sand dunes of Warkworth are a magnet for the bright young things of the Newcastle ACA. A hedonistic cine club crew from the Newcastle ACA luxuriate in the dunes at Warkworth between the wars. Cameras roll irresistibly on the club’s basking belles and a jokey, impromptu costume parade. Both men and women show off their stripy, knitted swimsuits, soon soggy after a splash in the sea to cool down. Up to World War Two, there were regular social trips for members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), one of the oldest cine clubs in Britain, formed in 1927 and now a sole survivor from the first five pioneer clubs. Amongst this fun-seeking group at Warkworth, Doris Graham (indulging in two ice creams for the camera) was a talented amateur producer and actress who starred as the prim secretary in the club’s 1939 production, Out of the Drum.