Film ID:
NEFA 21311

NORAH

1930-1970

Visitor Tabs

Description

This compilation of amateur film fragments, partly filmed by George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), consists of random clips from a caravan holiday, a trip to Oxford and other family holidays, home life and on the set of cine club film productions. Some sequences feature his wife, Norah Cummin.

[Colour footage]

General views of a terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne, a messy parking space down the street, gas lamps in Grainger Market arcade (?), and traffic lights and new street lights in central Newcastle upon Tyne.

[Black & white footage]

George Cummin opens a wooden gate for his family in the countryside, his cine camera slung over his shoulder. The camera pans up to show the steep hillside behind a farm. The family climb a steep hill. They hunker down against a bitter wind near the top of the hill. George and Norah have reached a cairn on the hilltop.

[Colour / black & white footage]

Shots of the Newcastle & District ACA film production ‘Off Beat’, including set construction and testing lights. The film was directed by George Cummin.

[Black and white footage]

The Cummin family stroll down a road in the countryside.

[Colour footage]

Brief shot of the Cummin family looking at a castle on the coast, possibly Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. The woman (Norah?) is carrying cricket wickets.

[Black and white footage]

Norah Cummin dries plates at home.

[Black and white footage]

General view of Neville Street looking towards the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas. Norah Cummin walks out of Newcastle Central Station and heads to the Newcastle ACA club. Close-up of the Newcastle ACA sign. Still of Norah Cummin.

[Colour footage]

Amateur filmmaker and actor Reg. Townsend speaks to an audience at Newcastle ACA’s headquarters at Ship’s Entry and presentations of trophies take place.

[Black and white footage]

A man points out plants in his garden to Norah Cummin. He stands with a family group in the garden and speaks to camera. Norah emerges from the house and beckons to the filmmaker to come inside. Family arrive at the Cummins’ home for tea. Shot of the black and white TV. A man holds up a glass and the family raise their glasses in a toast, including Norah. The family are all watching TV and commenting on it.

[Colour footage]

General views of an arched bridge in the countryside and a small caravan park. Norah and George Cummin are at their caravan, Norah cleaning the windows. Norah settles into an armchair outside the caravan with a cup of tea.

[Colour footage]

Various shots filmed on a trip to Oxford follow, including boats parked on the River Thames (or Isis), streets in the university city of Oxford around St Aldates and the Central Library, the operation of Sandford Lock, south of Oxford, and traveling shots from a pleasure cruise on the Thames around Oxford recording barges and people at leisure on the banks of the river. Brief shot of Oxford.