Film ID:
NEFA 9415



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An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television arts programme Come In If You Can Get In about the 1983 Tyneside Film Festival. This programme was transmitted 3 November 1983. The film includes interviews with actress Julie Christie, the Festival Director, Sheila Whitaker, and representatives from both Amber and Trade Films.  Footage of the orchestra ‘Berlinaband’ conducted by John Hull in performance also features.

In the opening sequence, a film is loaded into a cinema projector. People queuing enter the Tyneside Cinema. On the wall behind them is a poster that reads: 6th Tyneside Film Festival. 12 -23 Oct. Making Waves. A car comes to a stop outside the Tyneside Cinema on Pilgrim Street.

Presenter to camera outside Tyneside Cinema with a queue behind him of people waiting to go inside.

General view of the orchestra ‘Berlinaband’ performing in the cinema, conducted by John Hull. The orchestra will perform an accompaniment to a silent surrealist film called ‘On Tracked’.

Interview with Sheila Whitaker, Director of the Tyneside Film Festival, in her office, about John Hull who is a Newcastle born saxophonist and conductor.

General view of Newcastle and the Tyne Bridge from Gateshead. Traveling shot of the Tyne Bridge from the High Level Bridge.

General view of Eldon Square shopping centre from Blackett Street. Pedestrians walk along a road.

General view of Grey’s Monument. A sign hangs near to the entrance to Monument Station that reads ‘Newcastle Festival 83’.

Interview with Sheila Whitaker who says that, over the twelve days, the festival will show a whole range of independent films.

A man in a red stripy jumper walks along Pilgrim Street and into the Tyneside Cinema. Interview with the man who is a director of a documentary to be shown at the festival.

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General view of ‘Berlinaband’ performing, and of a female violinist who is plucking the strings of her instrument.

Interview with Australian filmmaker Helen Grace who says that in Australia it is difficult to separate independent from mainstream cinema. Standing next to a man, she talks about her new film, ‘Serious Undertakings’, which is being shown  at the festival.

General view of the Odeon Cinema across the road from the Tyneside Cinema on Pilgrim Street.

General views of people working in an open plan office inside Tyneside Cinema. A  BFI Special Award stands on one of the desks.

Interview with Sheila Whitaker who says that the Tyneside Cinema is a new kind if cinema that is more adventurous. She talks about how the media focuses on the closures of cinemas and says that cinema is dead, long live television.

General views of people working in the office. On the wall is a poster for the film ‘New Babylon’. The film changes to show a poster for the film ‘Italian Straw Hat’, which is playing at the festival.

General view of ‘Berlinaband’ performing and a man playing a xylophone.

General view of the Tyne Bridge.

Interview with Murray Martin from Amber Films who says that the festival gives people a chance to see films that otherwise wouldn’t be available. The film co-operative Amber is not about winning prizes at festivals but about building a base and relationship regionally.  

Interview with Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen who says that the films made by Amber are not made for television, although almost all have been shown on television thanks to a special agreement with Channel 4. Two new films will be shown at the festival including ‘Keeping Time’, which is about a dance school in North Shields.

General view of the Tyne Bridge from the office of Trade Films in Gateshead.

Interview with Ingrid Sinclair who says that Trade Films is providing a service for the community for educational use. Their new film ‘Labouring under the Law’ fills in the gaps in the history of industrial relations.  

Interview with Derek Stubbs about the Northern Film and Television Archive, which is based at Trade Films. The archive provides an active community resource. They are currently compiling a retrospective.

General view of a poster that reads ‘Britain Can Make It. A Film Portrait of Britain 1945-51’

Interview with a Paul Marris who says this retrospective will look at British society as it is illustrated by film of the period.

Interview with Sheila Whitaker in her office at Tyneside Cinema. She talks about how the media reports festivals such as the Tyneside Festival.

General view of ‘Berlinaband’ performing and a female musician playing an accordion.

Interview with Sheila Whitaker about the difficulties of selecting films for the festival.

Interview with the actress Julie Christie who says the festival is like being on a film course where you learn to read film as a language.

General view of Julie Christie on stage giving a speech to a large audience.

Various shots of Julie Christie on stage announcing competition winners.

The film ends with Julie Christie presenting an award.