Film ID: NEFA 21517 Video of NEFA 21517 The Film of the Film of the Film THE FILM OF THE FILM OF THE FILM 1977 Visitor TabsDescription A short comic film by Michael Gough, with wife Linda behind the camera, of a BBC North East film crew shooting members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA) shooting a film on the Gateshead Quayside. The BBC production entitled ‘Moviesmakers Special’ was a special programme transmitted in 1977 as part of the association’s 50th anniversary. The film features Michael Gough as the main protagonist of the ACA film and the film switches between each of the two film crews in a disjointed manner. Title: Studio 103 Presents Title: The Film of the Film of the Film Credit: Photography by Phil M. Stock Credit: Sound by Mike Ray Phone Credit: Directed by Toomany Chiefs The film opens on the Gateshead Quayside with the Tyne Bridge in the background. Michael Gough approaches carrying a folder under his arm and introduces himself to a Mr Roberts. The camera switches around to a view of Mr Roberts who is wearing a sheepskin jacket. There are views of the two men chatting with both the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle quayside in the background. The two men turn and face the camera which the film quickly cuts to show another film crew is also shooting the scene. General views of members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA) recording sound with a microphone and record and shooting film with a camera. The film changes to an image on a television screen of a sound recorder and camera being used. The film changes to show a BBC North East film crew filming the ACA. The BBC cameraman opens the lens cover and wipes the lens. The film cuts to Michael Gough and Mr Roberts standing with the Tyne Bridge in the background. A clapperboard comes down to mark the third take. Michael begins to speak and talks about the marriage problems of Mr Roberts. The film pulls back to show BBC reporter Sylvia Horn in a bright red jacket standing in front of the scene. A man brings down the clapperboard again for another shot. The camera pulls back to reveal the BBC film crew film shooting the ACA shooting the scene. There is another view of this scene on a television screen. General views of some of the members of the ACA looking cold and wet. The BBC cameraman walks into shot filming the ACA members. This is followed by another television image of Michael Gough and Mr Roberts. A man in a leather jacket speaks with the BBC soundman who is wearing a bright orange jacket. Members of the ACA discuss the scene in the rain. A series of quick cuts of Michael Gough represent the disjointedness of the situation. The BBC man in a leather jacket speaks with Sylvia Horn as the cameraman puts his camera onto his shoulder. From a high angle the camera pulls back to reveal the BBC crew filming he ACA members filming the scene with the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle quayside in the background. The film ends on a television screen in which the credits for the BBC programme begin to roll. The final credit reads ‘Newcastle & District ACA 1927-1977’. Context 50 years old and ready for its close-up A double, double take on the art of making amateur movies in a 50th anniversary celebration for the Newcastle and District ACA. Just like watching the making of a movie in a hall of mirrors. This hilarious parody of Hollywood film trailers introduces the 50th anniversary of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association by filming a BBC North East film crew filming the cine club film crew shooting scenes from an amateur production on the Gateshead Quayside – then filming the broadcast of the BBC TV documentary on the Newcastle ACA called ‘Moviemakers Special’. Confused? This novelty short is the brainchild of Michael Gough, Head of Education Services for the Hearing-Impaired in Sunderland, also the actor pictured in this scene from a Newcastle ACA production. His wife Linda Gough was behind the camera at the location set up as the BBC Look North crew recorded the club’s film shoot for a half hour documentary broadcast in 1977, a tribute to a cine club whose members had been producing their own films since 1927, now a sole survivor of the first five amateur clubs formed in Britain.