Film ID:
NEFA 20834

MOVE NORTH

1966

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Description

A film made by Turners Film Productions for the North East Development Council that looks at the merits of living and working in the North East. The film is presented by George Chetwynd, the director of the North East Development Council as a guide. The film assesses road, rail, sea and air transport communications, new building developments and showcases the new industrial estates. The film finishes with a look at the natural amenities of the region, which might tempt newcomers to explore further.

Opening shots cover a number of local landscapes beginning with Roseberry Topping, and including Hadrians Wall, followed by a busy street scene. This sequence includes a voice over by George Chetwynd, Director of the North East Development Council

Over the busy street scene a superimposed title:

Title: Move North

Credit: Produced for the North East Development Council

Credit: By Turners Film Productions, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Title: We Wish to Acknowledge The Assistance Of Many Government Departments and Private Companies In The Production Of This Film

Credit: George Chetwynd - Director of the North East Development Council

George Chetwynd, begins the programme, speaking directly to camera, standing on the banks of a river [the Tyne?].

The camera pulls back showing the full panorama of the river, in the background an arched stone bridge spans the water. A long shot shows the river receding into the distance. The film cuts to a scene along the quayside in Newcastle, not far from the Tyne Bridge. Another long shot shows an uninterrupted view of the Tyne Bridge back along the river. The film cuts back to George Chetwynd at the riverside. He speaks as he walks towards the camera. The film cuts to general views of countryside, followed by general views of a construction site, then a busy street scene of pedestrians (Newcastle)? The next shot shows a painting of men at work wielding sledgehammers at a steelworks(?), then cuts to a painting of Locomotion No. 1 pulling the first passenger steam train. View of the railway offices at Bank Top Station in Darlington, and also the railway workshops follow. The film cuts to the outskirts of Darlington and a view of the Cummins diesel engine factory with an interior shot of men working on engine blocks. The film cuts to an electronics factory where copper wire is being wound onto reels. Another man solders resistors onto a circuit board. The film cuts back to the engine factory.

A building sign reads, ‘Ministry of Labour Government Training Centre’, where training in working environments takes place. An interior shot of the centre shows an instructor at a blackboard with his students looking on. Bricklayers build test pieces such as walls. An instructor gives guidance to one trainee as he builds a wall. The next shot shows a trainee instrument mechanic receiving instruction. Other trainees work on a lathe and the engine of a caterpillar tractor.

George Chetwynd continues his dialogue this time from a building site where a steel frame is being erected. He speaks to camera as he walks around the site. A spokesman on camera for the Board of Trade outlines the help that the department can give to new businesses. Followed by a spokesman from the Industrial Estates Corporation who speaks from a roof top on the Team Valley industrial estate [founded 1936]. A Ministry of Labour spokesman on camera outlines their services to industry and enterprise.

George Chetwynd continues, this time speaks to camera from a flyover over a main dual carriageway (A1)? A panning shot taken from a flyover across the motorway follows next. The film cuts to an on board shot from a vehicle as it travels along the motorway.  A diesel train on a main line follows in the next shot, a cab view shows the engine travelling along the railway. Dining car services are shown as travellers enjoy a meal. The film cuts to a ship moored at a quayside which is followed by a long shot of ships moored at Teesport. Footage of the Tyne shows a Norwegian ferry moored at the quayside.

George Chetwynd continues his presentation from his vantage point above the motorway. An aeroplane lands at Teesside airport. George Chetwynd continues to camera then a spokesman from the Ministry of Transport outlines his department’s contribution to encouraging inward investment to the area.

A section of the A1[?] is shown being upgraded to dual carriageway. Other new road works are shown in Durham City, the cathedral clearly seen in the background.Motorway works progress in another part of the city. The film cuts to a road running through a local industrial estate.  A shot of the Tyneside Coast Road shows light industry development close to residential areas. A car speeds down the A1 and an on board camera shows footage of traffic in front and behind the car. Vox Pops praise the virtues of the new fast north/south route. The film cuts to a diesel engine, the Gordon Highlander, pulling into a railway station.  A spokesman for British Rail speaks to camera outlining the swift north/south services available. The train driver of the Flying Scotsman stands on the platform as he outlines the sort of speeds he will reach on his journey south to London. A cabs eye view shows the engine speeding along the railway. The spokesmen for British Rail continues his outline of rail services from the North East. The film cuts to a BKS propeller driven passenger aircraft taxiing on a runway. The pilot speaks to camera (at Newcastle Airport?) explaining briefly the services from Newcastle and Teesside Airports. The airport's Export Cargo supervisor speaks to camera and outlines their air freight facilities, then the film cuts back to the pilot. The BKS plane takes off. An aerial view of docks (Newcastle?) follows. The captain of a merchant ship talks about the cargoes he carries to and from the North East. The captain of a Norwegian Ferry speaks to camera. From the bridge of his ship a long shot of another ferry out at sea, leaving the mouth of the Tyne.

The film cuts to a view of Saltburn Pier, three horses with riders pass underneath the pier. George Chetwynd comes into view, sea fishing from the pier. He extols the virtues of the region's picturesque coastline and inland regions with shots of the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the National Parks, and a shot of Bamburgh Castle. The film cuts back to George Chetwynd on the pier.

An American oil worker now resident in the region speaks to camera outlining how he and his family have settled in the North East. The film cuts to a woman in a fur hat talking of her experiences of living in the area. A  chef speaks of  his experiences. A local woman in a red hat extols the virtues of her home county. A physicist in a fireproof suit voices similar sentiments, a young local girl is very proud of the region where she lives, an older woman is impressed by the shopping opportunites in the region and a photographers model from London compares positively the local area to the capital. The film cuts back to the American oil worker and another woman with a small child speak of their fondness for the area.

George Chetwynd, now back in the studio,sums up the purpose of the film. On the wall behind his desk is a map labelled North East England. As he speaks to camera the film shows Durham County Hall, Newcastle Civic Centre and some secondary school buildings. The film cuts back to George Chetwynd. There follows a long shot of the countryside and the camera pulls back for a more substantial view of the landscape. A shot of a construction site opens out to a more expansive view followed by other shots of industrial developments. Aerial shots of ICI Wilton and new offices at Dundas House in Middlesbrough follow. A view of Durham and it's Cathedral and a ford running across the road in a country village end the film.

Credit: Production - Brian Nicol

Credit: Director - John Grant

Credit: Camera - Peter Brown

Credit: Sound - Terry Hoey

Credit: Lighting - David Middleton

Title: Move North