Film ID: NEFA 21491 ACROSS THE CAUSEWAY 1970s Visitor TabsDescription An amateur film by Derek Mathieson showing views around the island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland coast. Title: Derek Mathieson presents Title: Across the Causeway The film opens with a view across to Holy Island along the Lindisfarne Causeway and seals playing on the road. General views follow around the village of Lindisfarne, of the statue of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne in the shadow of Lindisfarne Priory, inside and around the ruins of the priory, and of the graveyard. Next, there's an interior shot of The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. The film cuts to general views of the seashore with lobster pots and other fishing gear laid out on the ground, the sheds made from herring boats and other small fishing boats at sea. A catch of lobsters and crabs are unloaded from a boat into crates onto a quayside. General views of the exterior of Lindisfarne Castle and the wildlife that grows there, and various views around the island. Title: The end Context Tides turn on the path to Lindisfarne Explore the remote and peaceful Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the northernmost part of England. A picturesque travelogue considers the ebb and flow of life on beautiful, remote Lindisfarne. Twice a day, the sea rises swiftly across the mile-long causeway from Beal, cutting off islanders, marooning the odd tourist, and beaching grey seals at low tide. A commentary tells of the past spiritual life of this Holy Island and notes the ruins of Victorian lime kilns, the plant ecology, and upturned keelboats as sheds, survivals from the prosperous years of herring fishing. Along the Causeway was made by Derek Mathieson, who began shooting film at the age of eleven using a clockwork 8mm Kodak Brownie camera. Leaving school aged 15, he first worked at the Inverness Empire Theatre, learning the craft of theatre production including lighting design, and abandoned filmmaking for several years. He joined Darlington Cine Club in 1977 after attending a talk by the South Shields animator Sheila Graber at the club, and has since made over seventy holiday movies and short documentaries, including one on the Lily Laundry in Darlington where he then worked as an accountant and company secretary. Mathieson moved to video production in 1992.